LOAN star Seb Palmer-Houlden’s exploits for Newport County AFC have earned a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Bristol City.

The hard-working forward has been a key figure in the Exiles’ rise up the League Two table after recovering from a serious hamstring injury suffered in August.

County average 1.44 points per game in League Two this season but the figure is 1.80 with him in the side (although his absence did coincide with an injury crisis).

After previously having spells with Chippenham and Yeovil, the 19-year-old was sent out for a first taste of the EFL and has followed the lead of recent rising stars Finn Azaz, Scott Twine, Ollie Cooper and Brandon Cooper by becoming a key figure at Rodney Parade.

Palmer-Houlden has scored seven goals in 28 appearances and bagged the winners against Doncaster, Wrexham and Swindon.

He has combined superbly with top scorer Will Evans and the physical teenager’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the Robins.

The Championship club have moved to agree fresh terms with the striker to keep him at Ashton Gate until at least the summer of 2027.

South Wales Argus: PROSPECT: County loanee Seb Palmer-Houlden has earned a new Bristol City contractPROSPECT: County loanee Seb Palmer-Houlden has earned a new Bristol City contract (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

Palmer-Houlden intends to push for a City debut after finishing his campaign strongly with County.

“A lot of hard work has gone on this year, to be given another contract feels amazing. It’s my boyhood club, and my dream to play for City,” he said.

Technical Director Brian Tinnion added: “Seb has been with us from such a young age and we’re excited to extend his stay at the club.

“His game has come on a lot over the past year, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”