FORMER Newport County AFC striker Jamille Matt has triggered a one-year extension to his Forest Green Rovers contract after proving to be a huge hit at the New Lawn.

The 31-year-old left Rodney Parade last summer after the Exiles were unable to offer a new deal due to financial uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While fellow key figure Scot Bennett remained unattached and made a swift return to County, Matt was snapped up by League Two rivals Forest Green.

The striker has made a huge impact in Nailsworth with nine goals in 23 appearances, including a late equaliser against his old teammates.

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Director of football Rich Hughes said: "Since joining the club, Jamille has shown his value both on and off the pitch.

“He has been excellent in leading the line for us and has also been a positive influence within our group.

"We are delighted to be able to announce this extension and we look forward to the rest of this season and beyond."

Matt made 97 appearances for County and scored 26 goals.

The targetman formed a strong partnership with Padraig Amond with the pair both scoring in the famous FA Cup win against Leicester City at Rodney Parade.