NEWPORT County AFC defender Jazzi Barnum-Bobb has joined National League club Torquay United on loan until January.

The former Cardiff City youngster has made just one start and two substitute appearances so far this season.

A statement from the club reads: “Jazzi Barnum-Bobb has joined Torquay United on a loan deal until January.

“The right-back has been at the Newport County AFC for two seasons but has struggled to get pitch-time recently after the introduction of David Pipe and Ben White to the squad.

“Despite this, Jazzi has shone in both of the Checkatrade Trophy matches he’s played in and will join Torquay United to continue to get minutes under his belt.

“The loan deal lasts until January 7. We’d like to wish Jazzi and Torquay United all the best!”

Manager Michael Flynn says that Barnum-Bobb is in desperate need of time on the pitch.

“He needs to play,” said Flynn. “He’s a great kid and he comes in with the right attitude every day but he’s not featuring at the minute.

“He’s down the pecking order and it’s beneficial for him to go out and have a challenge before coming back in January.

“I want him to get some game-time and experience and free up some funds for January.”

Torquay head coach Gary Owers said: “I’ve watched him over the years and he’ll give us good options in different positions.

“He can play anywhere down the right side and I want competition for places in all areas of the park and he will help us do that.

“He’s come into the squad and he’ll be in contention for Saturday.”

Barnum-Bobb described the move as a 'no-brainer' when talking to the official Torquay United website.

"I played in a game in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this season and the gaffer [Gary Owers] was there to watch,” said the 22-year-old.

”I got a call from my gaffer at Newport saying that Torquay want to take me on loan. I want to play games and I haven’t been playing so it is a no-brainer to come down here and get started.

“I think I am a pacey and powerful player. I like to get up and down and I can play anywhere down the right side, but right-back or wing-back suits me perfectly.

"I like to bring energy to the team, pace, and a bit of quality in the final third.

"The defensive work is important," he added. "You have to do both sides nowadays as a wing-back so I like to think that is what I can bring to the team.

“I’m looking forward to start training and meeting the lads.”