MICHAEL Flynn is delighted to have extended Tyreeq Bakinson’s loan deal at Newport County AFC until the end of the season but he may still look to bring in another midfielder this month.

County announced on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement with Bakinson’s parent club Bristol City to keep the 20-year-old at Rodney Parade until the summer.

Bakinson’s performances have dipped in recent weeks but Flynn feels that the former Luton Town youngster can rediscover the form that made him stand out in the opening months of the season.

“He’s been a bit quiet lately but, let’s not forget, he’s only 20 and this is his first real loan,” said the Exiles boss.

“He set the league alight in the first 15 games so let’s support him when he’s off-form a little bit.

“I thought he did well again [as a substitute] on Sunday and he’s full of confidence. He’s a good lad and he wants to improve.”

Flynn also revealed that he would have liked to have used Bakinson more sparingly over the past few months.

But injuries to Andrew Crofts, Joss Labadie, Scot Bennett and Matty Dolan have made that difficult.

“He needed a rest and it’s not fair on him,” said the manager.

“He’s played a lot more than I thought he would have, as in games started.

“We’ve hardly ever had a fit midfield. We’ve had Benno out at times, Matty Dolan out, Crofty out, Labs out so it’s tough.

“I think I might have to strengthen in that position, but I’ll only do it if it’s right,” he added.

“I’m not just going to bring in someone for the sake of it.”

Crofts and Labadie will not be fit to return for Saturday’s League Two trip to Crewe Alexandra.

“This weekend will be too soon for both of them,” said Flynn. “But they’re the only two I’m expecting to be out.”