NEWPORT County AFC have released their new home shirt for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The iconic black and amber colour scheme returns, but more unusual are the stripes which look almost tiger like and are reminiscent of a Hull City shirt from a few years ago.

Hummel’s designs are nothing if not striking and this newest shirt carries on in the fashion laid down by the away shirt and the third kit.

The chevrons on the shoulders return, almost synonymous with Hummel kits.

The first outing for County’s new home kit may well be the Carabao Cup clash with Swansea City.

As well as one of three striking new shirts, the Swans will also have to look out for a number of County stars who will be eager to get the season off to a good start.

Here are just a few of County’s match-winners who could see their side emerge as potential giant killers.

Padraig Amond

County’s Irish striker has become synonymous with the club’s cup exploits over the past few years.

His goals during the FA Cup run of the 2018/19 season propelled the Exiles all the way to a fifth-round face-off with Premier League champions Manchester City.

Leicester City and Middlesbrough were among the teams put to the sword by Amond as he scored in every round of the competition.

Tully’s Bar, in Carlow, Ireland, even began giving out free drinks when, ‘not if’, Amond scored in the FA Cup. Needless to say, the regulars were well looked after that season.

Last season County didn’t hit the same heights, but Amond still finished the Covid-hit campaign as the club’s top scorer with nine in League Two.

Mickey Demetriou

The no-nonsense defender has been a mainstay at the heart of County’s defence since joining from Shrewsbury Town in 2017 and is proving ever-reliable.

Despite being among the most regularly appearing names on the team sheet last season, Demetriou only picked up two cards in the whole campaign.

He will be someone that the side can trust to keep a level head and lead from the back against a more experienced opposition.

Robbie Willmott

Able to play as a wing back or an out-and-out winger, Willmott’s pace and dribbling ability make him a formidable opponent for defenders on his day.

Another star performer in County’s FA Cup run in 2018/19, Willmott netted the first of the Exiles’ two in the replay against Championship Middlesbrough with a fine solo effort, before turning provider in setting up Amond to seal the win.

Willmott is currently enjoying his second spell at Newport County, having turned out for the Exiles back in 2013-15, re-joining from Chelmsford City in 2017.

His industry on the wing is sure to test Swansea’s full backs.

Josh Sheehan

Sheehan was a near ever-present member of County’s side last season, making 33 out of a possible

36 appearances in the league.

Sheehan actually started his career at Swansea City back in 2014, but despite spending four years at the club he failed to make an appearance for the first team.

He turned out on loan for Yeovil Town for both the 2015/16 and 2017/18 campaigns.

Sheehan joined the Exiles in 2018, after making his 2016/17 loan from the Swans permanent.

He has since gone on to become a crowd favourite, with his form seeing his named Newport County's Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.