Newport County push Harrison Bright with central role

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NEWPORT County AFC gave promising full-back Harrison Bright some midfield experience in pre-season to help with his development.

The 18-year-old from Blaenavon made his League Two debut in the final game of the season against Rochdale, for the final half hour on the right.

Bright has caught the eye and will be looking to put pressure on senior full-backs Cameron Norman and Aaron Lewis next campaign.

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However, he was also used as a right centre-back this summer as a learning tool.

“I just wanted him to play there to help develop his passing because he’s under more pressure in that position,” manager James Rowberry said.

“We know he can go forward and be energetic down the right, but we also want to develop in terms of the game in front of him.”

County boss James Rowberry speaks to his second-half XI at Cardiff City

County are well supplied with centre-backs after Declan Drysdale joined Coventry in the summer to join specialists Mickey Demetriou, James Clarke, Priestley Farquharson, Joe Woodiwiss as well as defenders/midfielders Matty Dolan and Scot Bennett.

Farquharson is yet to feature in pre-season after knee surgery ended his 2021/22 campaign early, but he will feature in the coming weeks, potentially with action at Weston-super-Mare on Friday .

Norman is the first choice on the right and was also integrated impressively as a right centre-back when County was stretched last season.

Aaron Lewis is capable of playing on both flanks, with Adam Lewis spending the season on loan at Liverpool’s Rodney Parade to be an option on the left, replacing Ryan Haynes.

County signed Will Evans from Cymru Premier Bala mainly as a striker, but he showed his versatility in pre-season.

With the Exiles using two separate XIs against Hungerford and Cardiff City to get minutes in the legs for their entire team, the 25-year-old from Wales center has settled into left-back.

“I feel he can offer us something different there,” Rowberry said of Wales international C.

The county heads to Weston-super-Mare on Friday evening before a trip to Torquay on Saturday afternoon.

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