NEWPORT County AFC striker Jamille Matt believes fellow front man Momodou Touray has a big future in the game.

Exiles academy graduate Touray has returned to Barry Town United on loan until the end of the season.

He spent last season on loan at Barry, winning the Welsh Premier League young player of the year award after scoring 13 goals in 31 league appearances.

The 20-year-old featured regularly in pre-season for County before joining National League side Torquay United on a one-month loan deal last month.

But he made just one appearance for the Gulls before returning to Rodney Parade and now he’s heading back to Jenner Park.

“What Modou did last season on loan at Barry was excellent and he did really well winning young player of the year for the whole of the Welsh Premier League,” Matt told the club’s official matchday programme.

“He trained with us quite a lot last year alongside the loan spell, so we knew how good he was and the quality he was going to bring to Barry.

“For him, it’s about showing those attributes consistently.

“Modou is someone who can play in this league in the future and even higher, because he’s got all the qualities required,” he added.

“We saw it in some of the pre-season games this season and it bodes well for the future.

“He’s just got to continue learning, he’s been involved with the Wales under-21s squad, and he’s got a massive career ahead of him.

“He’s someone I’m quite close with and he works really hard off the pitch doing the other side of things, which a lot of young players might not do at that age.

“All that bodes well for a good future in the game for Modou.”

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After finalising the loan move, Touray said: “I am looking forward to going back to Barry and playing regular football.

“I loved my last spell at Barry and I am hoping I can score more goals for them and help them achieve another good season.

“I want to carry on from where I left last season and gain more valuable experience."

Exiles manager Michael Flynn said: "Mo needs to play games. I know he will get good coaching at Barry, which will help him develop as a player.”

Barry boss Gavin Chesterfield said: “The opportunity to bring Mo back to the club came around quite late in the window but it was one we could not turn down.

"It’s no secret that Mo had a good season with us last year and that he was very well liked by all at the club.

"As such I’m delighted to be working with him again. My thanks to the board for their support and Mike Flynn and Newport County for their continued trust in us.”

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