NEWPORT County AFC academy star Lewis Collins has signed a two-year professional contract with the Exiles.

After impressing at youth level for club and country, Collins has followed in his older brother Aaron's footsteps in becoming a professional footballer having graduated through the academy at his hometown club.

The attacking midfielder has made two full professional appearances so far in his career, against Cheltenham Town last season and against Chelsea under-23s this season, both in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Collins, who celebrates his 18th birthday today, has been a scholar for the past two years at the club.

He’s represented Wales at under-16, under-17 and under-19 level, most recently scoring for the under-19s against San Marino in a European qualifying match.

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Just after signing, Collins told iFollow Exiles: "I'm buzzing. Honestly, it is a dream come true to sign a professional contract.

“With it being my hometown club as well, I couldn't be happier. I have been training with the first team over the past few weeks and it has been tough, but it is a good environment."

Manager Michael Flynn said: “Lewis signing a professional contract is thoroughly deserved.

“He is a young player with a lot of potential, he's been unfortunate in the past few months with injury.

“I'm looking forward to him coming back in pre-season, kicking on, and breaking his way in to the first team."

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