Brentford midfielder Reece Cole has joined League Two side Newport County on a six-month loan deal in a bid to get more experience of senior football.
The 19-year-old, who signed a three-year contract extension in April, hopes his loan move will allow him to get “more league football under my belt”.
“The gaffer really sold Newport County AFC to me," Cole told the Welsh club's website.
"He said he was going to be playing youth and there's obviously a few experienced pro's in here as well so hopefully it will be a good mixture."
Exiles manager Michael Flynn added: “I’m really pleased to get Reece in. He comes in and offers good competition in midfield and I’m looking forward to see what he can do and looking forward to him fighting for a place in the starting line-up.”
Cole, who began training with Newport County today, will be available for the match against Crewe Alexandra subject to international clearance.
Rob Rowan, Brentford's head of football operations, said: “The development process for every footballer is different and in this context, we believe that Reece will benefit from a loan experience to enhance his chances of graduating to the First Team.
"I'm excited to watch him in League Two. Our supporters have seen snippets of what he can do in pre-season with his free kicks and long distance goals but there is more to Reece than that and hopefully he will demonstrate that at Newport whilst maintaining his goal scoring.”