MANAGER James Rowberry has pledged Newport County AFC will pull out all the stops in their bid to keep League Two top scorer Dom Telford.

The 25-year-old is out of contract this summer and is sure to have attracted interest after a stunning campaign that will end with the division's golden boot.

After breaking his duck with a strike in the EFL Trophy, Telford has scored 25 times in the league and contributed 38 per cent of the Exiles' goals.

The striker has enjoyed a hot streak like never before in a career that features spells at Bristol Rovers, Bury and Plymouth.

However, his exploits have not earned promotion and that could lead to him moving higher up the pyramid, even if County haven't given up hope of a fresh deal.

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"We have offered Dom a contract, that was offered a while ago and we said that he would make that decision at the end of the season, which I am really comfortable with," said Rowberry.

"Me and Dom have got an excellent relationship and that will continue whatever he decides to do. I hope that he stays, I really do, because he is a great lad.

"If he has a chance to progress his career then you can't stop somebody. I want the best for them, but I also want the best for this football club.

"We will do everything that we can within our power to keep him."

Telford was nominated for League Two player of the year and was included in the division's team of the year along with midfielder Finn Azaz, who is on loan from Aston Villa.

It is a remarkable turnaround for a player who struggled after arriving from Plymouth in January 2021 and was told he wasn't part of County's plans last summer.

Telford fought his way back into the fold at the end of Michael Flynn's reign, stayed in the side under interim boss Wayne Hatswell and flourished under Rowberry.

"Dom has progressed because of the support network he has around him and also because he has been given an opportunity," said the manager.

"The team plays in a style that suits him and playing in a front two helps him as well."

Telford ended a 10-game drought with the goal in last weekend's 2-1 loss to Colchester.

He will try to finish the campaign with a flourish against Port Vale in the Potteries on Monday and at home to Rochdale next Saturday.