NEWPORT County AFC will make an offer bring in central defender Josh Pask on a permanent deal when his loan from Coventry expires.

The 24-year-old arrived from the Sky Blues in January and has made nine appearances after being limited because of knee and hamstring injuries.

However, the pacy defender has showed his class when in the team and County are keen to sign him up for next season.

Pask is out of contract at the Sky Blues this summer and is set for the exit, with manager James Rowberry looking to keep him at Rodney Parade.

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“I would be fool to say no, of course [I’d like to sign him],” said the boss. “He is out of contract at Coventry so we will have to see where he is at.

“I’ve not talked to him yet because he has only just come back from injury but Darren [Kelly, sporting director will be in negotiations with his agent. It’s one of a few [contract negotiations] that we have got to do.”

Pask returned to the XI in the costly 2-1 defeat to Colchester after being an unused substitute for two games on his return from injury.

The central defender played a key role in Dom Telford’s opener when he came out of defence and found Finn Azaz in space on the edge of the area.

“I thought Josh came in and was excellent with his performance,” said Rowberry. “With his interceptions, his pace and ability to play passes, he was terrific at times.”

County currently have 11 senior players under contract for next season – goalkeepers Joe Day and Nick Townsend, central defenders Mickey Demetriou and Priestley Farquharson, full-backs Cameron Norman and Aaron Lewis, midfielders Scot Bennett, Matty Dolan and Robbie Willmott, attacking midfielder James Waite and forward Lewis Collins.