NEWPORT County AFC have signed striker Kevin Ellison on a one-year deal.

Ellison's signing is sure to make many an Exiles fan breath a sigh of relief. The 41-year-old has been involved in 12 goals in 11 games against the club since the 2012/13 season.

The striker has played in each of the four tiers of English football over the course of his career, making 658 appearances.

Ellison left Morecambe in the summer following a 10-season spell with the club, where he netted 88 goals.

County said Ellison would also coach the club's strikers during his time at Rodney Parade.

After finalising the deal, Ellison told Newport County AFC's website: “I’m looking forward to my chapter here now. I’ve always seemed to do well against the club over the last few years, but I’m a Newport player now so it’s all about me giving everything for this club. I’m delighted that it’s finally all been sorted.

“The gaffer rung me to come down and something just felt right about it when I got here. There’s a tingle and a buzz in me about playing here. We had a conversation about what I could bring to the table and it was about just getting the deal done after that discussion.

“The fans know what I can do and hopefully I can continue to do that this season too.”

Exiles manager Michael Flynn said: “Kevin is someone that I’ve got a great relationship with and I know how vital his experience can be for this club. He’s a player who continues to work hard and he’s always managed to influence games when he’s played against us.

“I sat down to speak with him about what I feel he could offer us this season, so I’m really pleased that he’s here now.”