NEWPORT County AFC could profit from a change to the loan system as part of plans to improve the Cymru Premier.

The Football Association of Wales have announced a new strategy designed at improving the top flight on and off the field.

A new league structure will be announced in September that feature a move towards Friday night football being the default fixture slot.

Funds will be made available to improve administration standards, boost the profile of the league and work with communities.

There will be an investment to drive on-field standards up through professional contracts, greater time working with players, support for clubs in European competitions and the introduction of ‘VAR light’.

Interestingly for County, the FAW have pledged to change their loan system to allow clubs in the English pyramid to allow academy scholars on professional contracts to move outside traditional loan windows.

South Wales Argus: Teenage County midfielder Jac Norris in action at GrimsbyTeenage County midfielder Jac Norris in action at Grimsby (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

"What we are looking to introduce here is the ability for Cardiff, Wrexham, Newport and Swansea to be able to place their best 16, 17 and 18-year-old talent that is in their academy system into the Cymru Premier on work experience loans,” said Jack Sharp, FAW head of domestic leagues.

"That means they don't have to wait until the January window and we can capture that during the Welsh domestic season.

"At the moment those players are going over the border and experiencing the English non-league system. If they are then released, that's where they have landed."

Exiles boss Graham Coughlan has frequently bemoaned the lack of a development team to get game time for the club’s young talent to help bridge the gap to the first team, with players like teenage forward Kiban Rai hindered by a lack of minutes.

County right-back Harrison Bright experienced Cymru Premier action with Barry Town United in the first half of the campaign after previously being with Pontypridd.

Previous academy prospects Lewys Twamley, Jack Karadogan and Ryan Hillier were also sent out for experience in the with Ponty and Cardiff Met.

The Exiles are currently having to use first-year scholars for the League Two run-in because of an injury crisis.

Central defender Nelson Sanca has impressed in two starts against Tranmere and Salford while central midfielder Jac Norris has enjoyed three cameos.

Midfielders Morgan Evans and Corey Evans have also been unused substitutes this season along with Alfie Young and goalkeeper Fraser Needham.