Newport County recruit defender Michael Boateng

Michael Boateng

Newport County have signed former Bristol Rovers defender Michael Boateng on a short-term deal.

The 21-year-old right-back has been playing for Conference South side Sutton United this season.

Boateng joined Bristol Rovers in July 2011 after impressing while on trial, but left the club a year later having failed to make a league appearance.

"I've signed until the end of the season with a view to sign a new deal at the end of the season," he said.

"Hopefully it all goes well and I can stay here for a long time."

Boateng joins Newport as the south Wales club face a fixture backlog in their quest to secure promotion to the Football League.

He was at Rodney Parade on Tuesday to watch his new side face promotion rivals Kidderminster - the first of 12 games Newport must play before the season ends on 20 April.