NEWPORT County AFC loan star Mark Harris says he would be “very happy” to stay at Rodney Parade for the remainder of the season.

The forward, who turns 20 next month, is currently due to return to parent club Cardiff City in January.

But Harris believes the move has benefitted him and he would love to stay with the Exiles if Cardiff agree.

Speaking to the County match day programme, he said: “I think it’s developed me as a player and a person coming from playing under-23 football to men’s football.

“I’d say you’ve got to be mentally stronger and physically as well, because it’s a lot tougher.

“The main thing I’ve learned is to be smarter on the pitch.

“League Two defenders are a lot more alert [than those in under-23 football] and they read the game better.

“I feel like I’m developing – I’ve played games and got a few goals.

“Ultimately, I came here to gain experience so that I could improve and I think I’ve done that,” he added.

“I would be very happy to continue my loan past January, but we’ll have to see what Cardiff City think.

“I’m enjoying my football so I just want to keep that going.”

The teenager has scored three times in 14 appearances for Michael Flynn’s men so far and his first senior goal against Exeter City at St James Park in August is his favourite memory to date.

“The goal against Exeter City was one of the best moments of my career,” said Harris.

“I was only on as a substitute for about 10 minutes before that but I ended up one v one with the goalkeeper and managed to slot it past him.

“The feeling was unreal – you can’t buy things like that.

“Being my first professional goal as well, it meant everything and having my family in the stand was even better.”