Jake Cain joins Exiles loan

Newport County AFC have completed the signing of midfielder Jake Cain on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool.

The midfielder becomes County’s 15th addition of the summer transfer window and has penned a contract until the end of the 2021/22 campaign, with the option of him returning to Anfield in January.

The 19-year-old joined Liverpool’s academy at the age of nine and signed his first professional contract with the Reds in September 2019.

He made his first-team debut for the club in February 2020 in an Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town, where a young Liverpool side progressed with a 1-0 win at Anfield.

Cain netted a superb free-kick against Tranmere Rovers for Liverpool’s under-23s in the Papa John’s Trophy last season and racked up 17 appearances, six goals and five assists in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

He was also named on the bench for eight of Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League fixtures throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

The versatile attacker, who can play as an attacking midfielder, central midfielder and as a winger, will wear the number 24 jersey during his time at Rodney Parade. 

After finalising the deal, Cain said: "It’s the first loan of my career and it’s a new challenge for me, so I’m really excited to get going and show the fans what I can do.

"I can create a lot of chances so hopefully I can contribute to the team with my bursts of energy going forward.

"The club was unlucky after getting to the play-off final last season, so hopefully we can go one step further this time around."

Manager Michael Flynn added: "Jake is a player who’s been at Liverpool for a long time and I’m sure he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.

"He’s played plenty of academy football and also had some first-team exposure in some big Champions League games, but I’m sure this will be a great season for his development.   

"I’ve got a good relationship with Liverpool’s assistant Pep Lijnders and I had plenty of discussions about Jake. He’s only had good things to say about him and what he feels Jake can bring to the club this season.

"I also want to thank David Woodfine and Liverpool for making this loan move happen."

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