PORT Vale striker Mark Harris is aiming to prove a point to Newport County AFC on his return to Rodney Parade tonight.

Harris spent the first half of the season on loan at County, scoring three goals in 20 appearances.

Exiles boss Michael Flynn was keen to keep the 20-year-old but he returned to parent club Cardiff City after the New Year’s Day defeat at Stevenage.

Harris, who was behind Padraig Amond, Jamille Matt and Antoine Semenyo in the Rodney Parade pecking order, wanted more minutes on the pitch and he made the switch to County’s League Two rivals Port Vale last week.

“I wanted to get out on loan again and get more game-time so, once I heard Port Vale were interested, I said yes straight away,” he said.

“I spoke to the manager and he has put a lot of confidence in me, he said I will play.

“Now I just have to give it back to him and the fans and show what I can do, and hopefully get a few goals.”

Harris made his Vale debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to promotion-chasing Carlisle United.

With top scorer Tom Pope likely to be missing again due to a hamstring injury, he’s hoping to earn a start against his former club tonight and he’s determined to earn his new side a win against his former teammates.

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“Great to make my debut,” said Harris after Saturday’s defeat.

“[It was a] tough game going down to 10 men in the first half. [We] deserved at least a draw. We put it right on Tuesday.

“It will obviously be nice to see the [County] lads but we’ll be going down there to get the three points.

“Hopefully I can play and perform as well as I can and we get the three points.”

The home loss to Carlisle left Vale in 19th place in the table – only five points above the relegation zone.

Manager Neil Aspin praised the effort from his team, who were reduced to 10 men before the break.

On Harris’ debut, he aid: “Anyone you bring in, you're always hoping they can do well.

“He's got ability, he worked hard, he showed that he knew what he was doing up there."