NEWPORT County AFC have signed defender Kyle Howkins on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old penned his first professional contract with West Brom in 2017 and went on to enjoy loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Cambridge United and Port Vale.

On signing for the Exiles, Howkins said: "I'm really happy to get it sorted.

“The offer from Newport was really concrete and I'm looking forward to the challenge, especially moving from home, and I just can't wait to get under way for pre-season and the season ahead.

“Getting the deal done early will let me get mixed in with the lads and help me get to know them."

After completing the deal, manager Michael Flynn added: "I'm delighted to have Kyle on board, he's a young, promising centre-back who has the potential to play higher.

“He's been coached by those I hold in very good regard. Kyle is someone I've kept my eye on for almost over two years and even tried signing him on loan in the past.

“It's a fantastic deal for us because he's got a promising future ahead of him."

Howkins' move is subject to EFL, FA and international clearance.