Newport County to keep Man United target Regan Poole

Regan Poole
Regan Poole was shortlisted for the Football League Apprentice of the Year award for 2015

Newport County hope to hold on to promising defender Regan Poole, believing new manager Terry Butcher can help the 16-year-old's development.

The Wales Under-17 international has trained with Liverpool, having come close to joining Fulham in January.

Poole also had a trial at Manchester United, who are understood to still be interested in signing him.

"He is definitely with us next season. There are no deals done with any club," said Newport director Howard Greenhaf.

"We are reluctant to let him go."

Poole became County's youngest player last season when he made his debut against Shrewsbury aged 16 years and 94 days.

Poole went on to play 12 games as the Exiles just missed out on the League Two play-offs.

Butcher, who won 77 caps for England, has since been appointed, and Greenhaf hopes his arrival will benefit Poole.

"We say that he would learn far more playing first-team football for Terry Butcher, who wasn't a bad centre-half himself, than playing for the under-21s [of another club]," said Greenhaf.

"He is going to get first-team experience and he is going to get experience from working with an ex-England captain - what better experience could he get?"

Meanwhile Greenhaf has confirmed the club are actively seeking investment in the club.

He said: "Nothing is sorted yet, but there are a few people looking to invest. You have to do due diligence to check things, but we are always looking for investment."

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