BOSS Michael Flynn is aiming to add to promotion-chasing Newport County AFC’s goal threat in his recruitment drive.

County start 2021 on top of League Two ahead of bottom club Southend United’s visit to Rodney Parade tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

It has been a superb first half of the campaign but manager Flynn has frequently lamented the lack of a killer touch.

Only three teams in League Two have scored more goals than the Exiles yet on-loan midfielder Scott Twine is their top scorer with six.

Padraig Amond has netted five times while Tristan Abrahams has four goals and hasn’t scored in open play since September.

Ryan Taylor scored twice before suffering a hamstring injury at the start of October while on-loan duo Jamie Proctor and Saikou Janneh have a goal apiece in League Two.

County are in a strong position but Flynn is keeping an eye out for a forward who could give then an extra edge.

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“You look at the stats and we haven’t got a striker in double figures yet,” he said. “If I can bring one or two in this January that can get double figures before the end of the season then we will be in a good position.

“If I get a striker who scores 20 goals until the end of the season but we lose every game 3-2 then no, it wouldn’t help. We’ve got to make sure that we are organised from the goalkeeper to the last sub in any given game.

“It would be nice to add a goalscorer but it’s also the chances that we’ve missed and the decisions that we are making at times. It’s not just the strikers, we should be putting games to bed.”

County are set to add to their squad next week while Flynn will also have to balance the books by saying goodbye to some players.

The flying start to the season came after strong summer business that ensured there was fierce competition for starts.

The aim is to be active over the coming weeks to have more selection headaches in the push for League One.

“We have got to have cover in every position and hopefully we can kick on and really try to strengthen in all departments,” said Flynn.

“We have had competition throughout the team. That’s what we wanted and needed because we knew that the games were going to come thick and fast. In January we will add more competition as well.”

County haven't played since the Boxing Day draw at Crawley after their fixture against promotion rivals Exeter was postponed on Tuesday.

That allowed Flynn and his coaching staff to put the squad through their paces ahead of the meeting with a Southend squad on the up.

"It was really good on Wednesday to have everybody on the training pitch and they worked really hard," he said.

"We didn’t give them running drills but managed to get a lot into their legs along with information that we wanted to get across. They were on top form."

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