NEWPORT County have signed up Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey on loan until the end of the season.

The former youth team captain, 18, recently signed a two-year professional contract with the Essex outfit who confirmed the move yesterday afternoon.

There has been no official announcement from Newport, but the player himself retweeted Colchester's announcement on the social media site Twitter.

They commented: "Midfielder Alex Gilbey is set for his first loan spell, joining Newport County until the end of the season.

"Alex will have up to ten games at Newport, who currently sit in the playoff spots in the Blue Square Premier with Gateshead first up."