BOSS Michael Flynn has brought Aaron Collins back to Newport County AFC, with the striker joining the Exiles on loan until the end of the season.

The striker’s switch, which is subject to international clearance, sees the 20-year-old return to the club that he left for Wolves in January 2016.

Newport-born Collins, who is yet to play a first-team game for the Championship side, returns to his hometown after a loan spell at Maidstone United.

He also had stints with Notts County and Tranmere Rovers last season, scoring a total of four goals.

Flynn has always been a big fan of Collins and as County’s youth development officer played a key role in ensuring the latter was offered his first professional contract in 2015.

Ironically, it was as a substitute for Flynn that Collins made his Newport debut in September 2014.

However, his senior bow, in a Football League Trophy tie against Swindon Town, was cut short when he too had to be replaced.

His first competitive goal followed in August 2015 during a 2-2 draw with Stevenage.

Burnley had two bids for Collins, then 18, turned down before County agreed a deal with Wolves for an undisclosed fee in early 2016.

On securing Collins’ loan, Flynn said: “I have always kept an eye on Aaron and I feel I can get the best out of him.

“He’s talented and hungry, and after watching his performance on television for Maidstone, it’s obvious to me that he’s ready.”

Meanwhile, Collins is ready to help the Exiles in their push for the League Two play-offs.

“I am delighted to come back to my hometown club,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started and hopefully help the club move up the table.”

As well as his three previous loan spells, Collins has impressed for the Wolves under-21 team.