NEWPORT County AFC will hope to profit from the Cymru Premier again after sending Joe Woodiwiss and Lewys Twamley out on loan.

The 19-year-old pair will spend the first half of the 2022/23 campaign at Pontypridd United, who have been promoted after finishing second in Cymru South last season when called Pontypridd Town.

The move represents a move up in quality for central defender Woodiwiss and midfielder Twamley after they were sent out for experience of senior football last January with Merthyr and Salisbury respectively in the Southern Premier League South.

The improvement of the top tier of the Welsh pyramid has been shown by County signing central defender Priestley Farquharson from Connah’s Quay Nomads, James Waite from Penybont and most recently Will Evans from Bala.

South Wales Argus: Joe Woodiwiss in action for County in pre-seasonJoe Woodiwiss in action for County in pre-season

Academy graduates Woodiwiss and Twamley, who both played for James Rowberry’s first team in pre-season, will continue to play for the Exiles’ development squad while out on loan.

Woodwiss has been a regular in the EFL Trophy and started in the Carabao Cup win at League One Ipswich Town last August but is yet to make a League Two appearance.

Diminutive left-footed Wales Under-19s international Twamley, a regular goalscorer for the academy, has been limited to EFL Trophy outings.

They will hope to make their Ponty debuts in Saturday's Nathaniel MG Cup clash with Carmarthen Town.

The Dragons then welcome Flint Town to the USW Sports Park in Treforest for the Cymru Premier opener on Saturday, August 13.