TYLER Forbes is aiming to bring the defensive qualities of Sergio Ramos and the attacking attributes of Kieran Trippier to Newport County AFC this season.

The 22-year-old wing-back arrived at Rodney Parade last week after being released by Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Forbes started his first full week of pre-season with Exiles yesterday and he revealed that he’s taking inspiration from two stars of the World Cup in Russia.

Real Madrid’s Ramos may have exited the tournament with Spain on Sunday but the Champions League winner is a big idol for Forbes.

And the Preston-born wide man will also be keeping a close eye on Spurs star Trippier as England take on Colombia in tonight’s second-round clash in Moscow.

“I would like to think of myself as a player who is very attack minded,” he told iFollowExiles.

“Obviously I’m a right-back. I can play in a number of positions as well but predominantly I’m a right-back.

“I like to tackle, I like to get forward and I like to get crosses into the box. I’ll give 110 per cent in every game during my time here and hopefully the club can do one better than they did last year.

“I’m quite happy to adjust to whatever formation the manager decides. I’ll adapt to whatever he wants from me, give 110 per cent and hopefully that will help me play every Saturday.

“If I was to say who my role model within football was then I would have to say Sergio Ramos,” he added.

“At the minute, Kieran Trippier (below) is playing right wing-back for England so he’s another one that I look up to and hopefully I can emulate them."

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Forbes, who started his career as a winger before being converted into a right-back or right wing-back, will be in competition with David Pipe for a place in the Exiles starting XI.

And the youngster says he’s keen to learn from the 34-year-old former Wales international.

“I haven’t been able to speak to any players in depth as such yet,” he said on arrival.

“I’ve gone around the changing room and spoken to each individual to try and find out about their background and just basically get to know them on a personal level.

“I’m definitely looking to learn from Pipey. He’s a great professional and I’ll be looking to get tips and advice from him during my time here.

“There’s a lot of players that I will be able to learn from, but I also saw that there were a lot of players who have been here before and done really well.

“Those players have kicked on now and I’ll be looking to follow in their footsteps and hopefully we can do something great at the club.”

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Forbes follows Ben White (above) in making the move from Brighton to Newport and he hopes to be as successful as his former teammate, who has now returned to the Seagulls.

“Ben White was here last season and obviously did very, very well,” he said.

“All credit to Whitey, I obviously wish him the best of luck back at Brighton, but I’ve obviously come here to do my best at the football club.

“I want to get goals, assists – anything that will help the team really and hopefully that will then allow us to do great things.”