NEWPORT County AFC have been approached by Premier League and Championship clubs over taking bright prospects on loan for next season after the success of bright stars like Finn Azaz.

The Exiles will spend another season in League Two after their promotion bid faltered and they have started plotting their summer recruitment drive.

A key part of that is the loan market after County helped Aston Villa’s Azaz, Liverpool’s Jake Cain, Swansea’s Ollie Cooper and Cry Palace’s Rob Street develop in 2021/22.

That is off the back of previous successful loan spells for the likes of Ben White, Brandon Cooper and Scott Twine.

“We are moving pretty quickly to be fair to Darren [Kelly, sporting director],” said manager James Rowberry.

“We have spoken about players in the last few days and looked at what we need to develop, enhance and add to what we have got.

“I am pleased with where we are going so far, but there is a long way to go.”

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“Where we are fortunate is that others have seen the likes of Finn progressing,” he continued.

“People take notice of that, especially with our facilities and the Rodney Parade pitch, how we try to develop players and enhance them in training.

“We have got people coming to us now asking if we want to take their players from Premier League and Championship clubs.

“We have had some really good loans in and we have to continue that, and I am really pleased with where are heading with regard to recruitment.

“I am excited for pre-season and who we can add to what we have got.”

County currently have 11 players under contract for next season – Joe Day, Nick Townsend, Mickey Demetriou, Priestley Farquharson, Cameron Norman, Aaron Lewis, Scot Bennett, Matty Dolan, Robbie Willmott, James Waite and Lewis Collins.