NEWPORT County AFC manager Warren Feeney has announced that goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney's loan spell from Chelsea has ended.

Beeney made four appearances for County while regular number one Joe Day was unavailable last month and was an unused substitute at Exeter City last Saturday.

"Mitchell Beeney has gone back to Chelsea," said Feeney at today's pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's home clash with Mansfield Town.

"It’s just something that I decided after the weekend and he’s away back to Chelsea."

The news comes just one week after the 20-year-old's loan was extended until mid-April.

Speaking about the extension to Beeney's loan last Thursday Feeney said: “I’m delighted that Mitchell has chosen to extend his stay with us. I am very pleased to have him on board.

“The whole squad has taken to Mitchell and I want competition for places. I have three very good goalkeepers in the squad at present and I want to keep that competition for places, as it keeps everybody on their toes.

“I have been very impressed with his performances so far. He comes from a very good footballing upbringing at Chelsea and he is a player that I am delighted to have at my disposal.”

But Beeney has now returned to the Premier League champions and youngster Joe Green is expected to take his place on the bench for Saturday's home clash with Mansfield Town.

Feeney declined to elaborate on the reasons behind Beeney's abrupt departure.

But it's believed to be unrelated to a tweet sent by his partner Harriet Barker after Beeney was named on the bench at Exeter.

Replying to news of the starting XI from the official Newport County AFC twitter account, Ms Barker wrote: "Kept Mitchell Beeney on loan till end of season just to be a bench boy? #pointless"