NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn is “quietly confident” that loan deals for Tyreeq Bakinson, Cameron Pring and Mark Harris will be extended until the end of the season.

Bristol City duo Bakinson and Pring and Cardiff City forward Harris are due to return to their parent clubs next month under the current arrangements.

But Flynn says positive talks have taken place about keeping the trio at Rodney Parade until the summer.

Striker Antoine Semenyo joined County on a season-long loan from Bristol City in July.

The Robins do have an option to recall him in January but the Championship club are believed to be happy with his progress over the Severn Bridge.

“Antoine is on a season-loan but Cameron, Tyreeq and Mark are [until] January but we’ve had talks about extending those,” said Flynn.

“I’ve spoken to both clubs and I’m quietly confident on the talks we’ve had.

“I’ll never jump the gun, but it seems positive at the moment.

“Both clubs have been very supportive so hopefully we’ll have some news as soon as possible, because time is ticking.

“I’d like to get them done before Saturday but the clubs have got to see where they are and address things.

“I’m not overly worried about it at the moment because we’ve kept in constant contact [with the parent clubs] and we’ve got a good relationship.

“It’s one of those things that hopefully looks after itself.”

Flynn is also looking to add two or three new signings in January and he confirmed that defence is the main areas he’s looking to strengthen.

“We’ve conceded too many sloppy goals,” said the manager.

“That’s not just down to the defenders but I think it will help if we bring in an extra one or two in that area.

“It’s a waiting game at the moment,” he added. “We haven’t got any divine right to go out and sign whoever we want.

“We’ve got to be patient and hopefully, if they come in, they will be the right ones for us.”

And that patient approach means there may not be any new additions until late January.

“One thing I won’t be doing is just bringing in players that are just going to boost the numbers,” explained Flynn.

“There’s no point in that. I’d rather wait until the end of the window, if needs be, and then get the right ones in – even if it means they miss three or four games in January.”