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Newport County sign young prospect Olly Thomas from Bristol City

1 September 2023

Newport County boss Graham Coughlan has bolstered his squad ahead of the transfer deadline by signing young striker Olly Thomas on loan from Bristol City, subject to EFL approval.

Thomas, 18, will join the Exiles on a season-long loan.

The highly rated prospect joined the Robins at under-16 level and progressed through the Academy ranks to sign a two-year professional contract in March.

He joined Yeovil Town on loan in the Vanarama National League South at the start of the season but will now switch his allegiance to Newport County.

With striker Seb Palmer-Houlden ruled out with injury for a lengthy spell, boss Coughlan was pleased to find a ready-made replacement at short notice.

“We were obviously disappointed to lose Seb,’’ he explained. “We needed to replace him and thankfully we have a great relationship with Bristol City, Seb’s parent club, who were keen to help.

“Olly brings a lot of the same qualities as Seb – the presence, link-up play and pressing – together with his own individual strengths.

“He’s a great addition to the squad and we are all looking forward to working with him.’’

Olly Thomas was equally pleased to join the Exiles: “I’m very excited to make the move." Explained Olly

"This is a massive push for me, so hopefully I can press on now.”


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