County sign Welsh Young Player of the Year

The Exiles secure the signing of two highly-rated Cardiff youngsters...

The loan agreements for both players will expire after our League Two fixture against Accrington Stanley on November 14th. The loan period will see the players involved in five Sky Bet League Two games, including the Severnside Derby against Bristol Rovers and our home fixture against Northampton Town.

“I have set up Tommy for quite a few goals for the U21 squad and hopefully I can do the same for Newport”.

“I want to start as many games as I can, with the aim to get my loan deal extended”.

Jazzi added, "It’s a really good chance for me to come at get some League Two experience”.

“This last week from winning the award at the FAW ceremony, to joining Newport on loan, feels like a big week in my development and my progression as a footballer”.

“I have played with Jazz for the last two-years now, so its been good to sign on the same day as him, and that can only help when we get on the pitch.”

Twenty-year-old Tommy, said, “I’m just looking forward to enjoying some game time”.

The pair met up with their new teammates today, ahead of Saturdays clash with Portsmouth at Rodney Parade.

Enfield-born Jazzi, was initially a product of the Watford Academy and spent two-years as a scholar with the Hornets, before being released at the end of the 2013/14 season. The defender was then snapped up by Cardiff and incorporated into their youth setup and rapidly emerged as exciting young prospect, making his senior debut against Coventry in the League Cup in August 2014.

The midfielder, who was raised in Mountain-Ash, has also represented Wales through the various age categories including his eight appearances for the U21 squad, scoring twice in the process, which included scoring the opening goal when Wales defeated England 4-0 in the Victory Shield.

Tommy joins the club with Football League experience during his loan spell with League One Port Vale during the 2014/15 season, making five appearances for the Vale under the management of his former Wales coach, Robert Page.

Tommy, who won the accolade of FAW Young Player of the Year award at the Football Association of Wales end of season awards ceremony, an award won for his performances with Wales U21s and as captain of the U21 side at Cardiff.

Manager John Sheridan has today made two further signings ahead of Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth at Rodney Parade, bringing in Midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan and Defender Jazzi Barnum-Bobb from local rivals Cardiff City. The Bluebirds duo join County on initial one-month youth loans.