NEWPORT County AFC manager James Rowberry is confident that hungry striker Will Evans will add a “different dimension” to the Exiles’ attack.

The 24-year-old from mid-Wales will sign on a free transfer after his contract at Cymru Premier side Bala expires.

Evans was on Shrewsbury Town’s books as a midfielder before catching the eye further forward with Cardiff Met while studying in the capital.

He moved to Bala and scored 11 goals in the Cymru Premier last season while he also struck twice for Wales C in the 4-0 win over England.

County turned to the top tier of the Welsh club game to sign James Waite from Penybont in January and the midfielder from Sebastopol made an impression in the second half of the campaign.

Rowberry hopes that Evans, who played alongside former Wales international David Edwards at Bala, will have a similar impact up front.

“Will is someone that others in the Football League have had their eye on,” said the manager. “He is young, energetic, hungry and is ready to take this chance to get better.

“He is different to what we have got – he is left-footed, a direct threat running with the ball, very good in air and gives us a different dimension to our game.

“He has been on our radar a while and is a really good lad who wants to learn; he is a player that we think we can develop even though he is coming to professional football later than many.”

Evans will officially sign when the transfer window opens on June 10 along with Sam Bowen, who arrives from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

The duo take County’s squad up to 14 for next season with Rowberry, who will tap into the loan market, aiming to have 22 seniors on the roster.

So far they have goalkeepers Nick Townsend and Joe Day, full-backs Cameron Norman and Aaron Lewis, central defenders Mickey Demetriou, James Clarke and Priestley Farquharson, defender/midfielders Matty Dolan and Scot Bennett, midfielders Robbie Willmott and James Waite and forward Lewis Collins on the books plus Evans and Bowen.

Contracts have been offered to strike duo Dom Telford and Courtney Baker-Richardson.