NEWPORT County AFC youngster Momodou Touray cannot play a part in the play-off push, but he’s likely to see his stay at Rodney Parade extended this summer.

The striker scored 13 goals in 31 appearances during his season-long loan at Barry Town United, helping them to finish third in the Welsh Premier League and secure a Europa League spot for next season.

Barry’s season is over, but the rules of his loan mean Touray is not eligible to play as County look to seal a place in the League Two play-offs with a win at Morecambe tomorrow afternoon.

Manager Michael Flynn has revealed, however, that the club does have an option to extend the 19-year-old’s contract when it expires at the end of June.

“Modou’s not available,” said the Exiles boss.

“He’ll have to come back in pre-season and work very hard to kick on from the improvement he’s made this year at Barry.

“It’s men’s football and he’s done really well there. I knew he’d get good coaching there.

“I knew that they would look after him because it’s a great football club.

"His confidence has been boosted and he trains well with us.

“He just needs to improve on his stamina. That part of it he’s really short on. If he does then I think we’ve got a talent on our hands.

“If he doesn’t then it’s a shame because he’s got great feet, he’s strong, he’s a good finisher. It’s exciting."

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Touray, who turns 20 in July, was born in the Gambia but raised in Newport on Chepstow Road, just around the corner from Rodney Parade.

He represented both Newport Corinthians and Villa Dino Christchurch before moving on to the Exiles academy via the County in the Community Futsal and Education programme.

The teenager has previously spent time on loan at Merthyr Town and had a brief 'work experience' trial at Leicester City in January 2018.

He made his senior County debut 12 months ago and won his first Wales under-21 cap in October after impressing at Barry.

Flynn also played for Barry Town during the club’s heyday and famously scored against Porto in a Champions League tie at Jenner Park in 2001.

And he’s delighted to see his old club back in Europe next season.

“It’s brilliant for them,” he said. “I’m so pleased to see Barry back in Europe.

“It’s obviously an old team of mine that I’ve got find memories of and I wish them all the luck in the world.”

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