NEWPORT County AFC boss Michael Flynn has added to his defensive options ahead of the new season with the loan signing of teenager Ben White from Premier League new boys Brighton.

The 19-year-old, who can play at centre-half or right-back, joins the Exiles until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

A star performer in the Brighton under-23 side that reached the knockout stages of last term’s Checkatrade Trophy, White has made two appearances for the Seagull’s first team.

His debut came in an EFL Cup victory over Colchester United in August 2016, before a second outing in the same competition two weeks later against Oxford United.

White has been allocated the number six shirt at Rodney Parade and, subject to international clearance, will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s League Two opener at Stevenage.

After training with Flynn’s men, the youngster said: “I’m delighted to have signed a loan deal with Newport County AFC.

“After speaking to the manager, I knew that I wanted to come to this club and help push the team forward this season.

“After four seasons at under-23s, I’m also looking forward to testing myself in League football against experienced players.”

Flynn added: “This is a big coup for the club. I’m delighted to get Ben in.

“He’s got a very high pedigree and is tipped to play Premier League in his future career.

“I know we’ve beaten off a lot of interest as Ben was involved with Brighton & Hove Albion’s first team over the summer.”