Cherry picked - County make 'athletic' Bournemouth prospect their ninth signing

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MOVE: County have signed Nathan Moriah-Welsh on loan from Bournemouth
MOVE: County have signed Nathan Moriah-Welsh on loan from Bournemouth

NEWPORT County AFC have bolstered their midfield by signing Nathan Moriah-Welsh on loan from Bournemouth.

The Exiles have made the 20-year-old Guyana international their ninth summer signing ahead of the window closing at the end of the month.

The Cherries have confirmed that it is a season-long loan with the new recruit registered in time for Saturday's League Two clash at Bradford City if needed.

Moriah-Welsh completed his medical in Newport on Wednesday morning and will link up with his new teammates to help them prepare for Valley Parade.

County are still in the loan market for a number 10 to complete the recruitment drive despite a couple of setbacks.

The Exiles have brought in Moriah-Welsh to join Sam Bowen, Scot Bennett, Aaron Wildig and James Waite as an option in their midfield trio.

The youngster was on the books of Brentford and Reading before joining Bournemouth four years ago.

Moriah-Welsh trained regularly with Scott Parker’s squad as they earned promotion to the Premier League last season, earning the praise of the manager.

He made his debut against Yeovil in the FA Cup in January, also featuring in the tie against Boreham Wood.

South Wales Argus: SWITCH: County new boy Nathan Moriah-Welsh
South Wales Argus: SWITCH: County new boy Nathan Moriah-Welsh

SWITCH: County new boy Nathan Moriah-Welsh

Now he will move to County after the Cherries made contact about giving the prospect, who was on the radar of League One Burton Albion, a taste of senior football.

“He can play right-back, number eight or number 10, but he is coming in as a number eight,” said manager James Rowberry.

“A lot of clubs wanted him but Bournemouth got in touch and I said yes in a heartbeat because he really adds to our midfield ranks.

“He might only be 5ft 8ins but he is quick and strong and will add a bit of extra athleticism with his ability to both move away from people but also get back on counter-attacks.

“Nathan will take a little bit of time to settle in after coming into the group later but after training with Bournemouth’s first team he will certainly be at a good level.”

County made eight signings before the start of the season with permanent deals for defender Declan Drysdale, midfielders Sam Bowen and Aaron Wildig, versatile forward Will Evans and strikers Omar Bogle and Offrande Zanzala plus loans for left-back Adam Lewis and striker Chanka Zimba from Liverpool and Cardiff respectively.