welcome mark harris

Newport County AFC are delighted to announce the signing of 19-year-old Cardiff City striker Mark Harris on loan until January.

Harris has spent his entire career with the Bluebirds and made his first team debut in the 69th minute of Cardiff’s Emirates FA Cup defeat to Fulham FC.  Just days later, the 19-year-old was invited to sign his first professional deal at the Club.

The striker made two further appearances for Cardiff that season replacing Junior Hoilett as a late substitute in a 3-0 away victory against Huddersfield and making his first league start in a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic.

Harris is also highly thought of in the FAW International set-up with caps at all youth representative age groups.  He most recently made his U21 debut in the side’s victory over Switzerland.

Speaking to iFollowExiles, Harris described himself as "a forward player – striker, left-wing or even behind the striker.  I like to create goals, score them as-well so hopefully I can do that this season.  I don’t mind playing upfront in a two, my main strength I would say is running in behind and getting at defenders."

Harris added that he was looking forward to the challenge of League Two Football: “I’m obviously delighted to sign for Newport County AFC.

"I just needed to get out and play some games, I feel like Newport will be a club where I can develop and get a lot of games under my belt. It will be a club where I can get experience, so I feel that this club brings a great opportunity for me. 

"The gaffer has been very helpful, he’s rang me a couple of times and we’ve been on the phone and I’ve liked the sound of everything he’s said to me.  I just can’t wait now for the first game Saturday."

Manager Michael Flynn commented: “Mark is a young, exciting player.  He’s a good finisher, makes intelligent runs, and is very quick.  He also shows the hunger and appetite that I want at this football club.  He’s highly thought of by Neil Warnock and Craig Bellamy at Cardiff City and I’m delighted to have got him in.”

Your first chance to see Harris in action
will be away at Mansfield in Sky Bet League Two