NEWPORT County AFC striker Jamille Matt is hoping to be back from injury for Saturday’s home clash with Port Vale and he believes he and Padraig Amond can still teach young guns like Tristan Abrahams a thing or two.

Matt has missed the last three games after picking up a knee injury in the 0-0 draw at Walsall on August 20 and he’s unlikely to be risked in tomorrow night’s Trophy tie against West Ham United under-21s.

Abrahams has impressed in recent weeks, scoring his first goal in the Carabao Cup win at Gillingham and setting up Amond for strikes against Crewe Alexandra and Forest Green Rovers.

“I’m pleased for him,” said Matt. “Tristan has looked sharp in training and looked a threat and we’ll always create chances so I told him that a goal will come.

“I’m happy that he’s got it so early and that bodes well for him.

“It’s great as a striker to get off the mark early doors and hopefully that will give him confidence.

“He’s only 20 years old and he’s got a little bit of everything. It looks like he’s got a good future here and a good career ahead of him.”

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Matt believes he and Amond can pass on their experience to the younger strikers, including new arrival Dominic Poleon.

“Myself and Podge, being a bit more experienced, we know our roles quite well and with the young lads coming in, we’re trying to help them and improve them as players,” he told the club's official matchday programme.

“Tristan has looked really good from what I’ve seen of him so far and he’s one of those that I can already tell is willing to learn throughout the season.

“I think he’s a good player now in his own right anyway, which is exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can all work together.

“In training, some days I’ll be on a team with one player and then the next day with someone else.

“It’s all about learning each other’s strengths and what each other is good at.

“Corey Whitely is very talented as well and all the new players are still getting to know us and how we play.

“Myself and Podge know each other’s strengths and weaknesses inside out so that kind of takes care of itself.

“With the new lads, we’re trying to bring them in and work together.

“That’s something that will come naturally over the season anyway but there’s been some encouraging signs already in training. We’ll try to help each other.”

County added to their options up front last night with the signing of 25-year-old striker Poleon.

He made 30 appearances for League Two rivals Crawley Town last season, scoring five goals.

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