NEWPORT County AFC’s superb start to the season makes promotion from League Two all the more possible, according to on-loan defender Cameron Pring.

Pring got his Exiles career up and running at Swindon Town on Tuesday night, playing the full 90 minutes as the visitors suffered a 1-0 defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Bristol City 20-year-old, who is with the Rodney Parade outfit until January, enjoyed a steady debut at left-back, showing he has got a great engine on him and plenty of pace to burn.

Nailing down a regular place in boss Michael Flynn’s starting XI isn’t going to be easy but Pring has every intention of proving himself at League Two level before heading back to Ashton Gate.

And having seen first-hand the football his temporary team is playing, he feels League One must be the aim for Flynn’s squad.

He said: “You’ve got to be optimistic. With the start we’ve had, everyone expects to win now.

“The boys are all saying in the dressing room that we’ve got enough quality to stay up there.

“With the start we’ve had promotion is realistic because we’ve proved we can win games and we’ve just got to stick with it.”

Pring has also revealed that it was a fellow Bristol City loanee who played a key role in his move to South Wales.

“The boys are great, I’ve settled in very well, and Tyreeq (Bakinson) and Antoine (Semenyo) have helped me out a lot,” he added.

“I spoke to Tyreeq and he said he had been asked by the gaffer about me and put my name forward, so he obviously helped in the move here.”

Assessing his debut at the County Ground, he said: “I thought I did okay. I could have put that one chance away, which was very disappointing, and the result was disappointing.

“The teams were pretty even and there was a penalty decision that could have gone either way."