Newport County manager Graham Coughlan believes his League Two club has made a ‘fantastic’ signing after hiring Adam Lewis on loan from Liverpool for the new season.

The 23-year-old agreed to return to Rodney Parade for another campaign in 2023/24 having spent last term with the Exiles. Lewis initially made a huge impression after joining Newport and quickly showing his skill. But he sustained a season-ending hamstring injury in February.

Lewis had offered six assists and a goal across his 28 appearances in all competitions before the injury. The Liverpool product penned four of his assists and his only goal from 21 games in the fourth tier. His other assists came during matches in the EFL Trophy and the EFL Cup.

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Coughlan helped Lewis improve on loan from Liverpool

James Rowberry had hired Lewis on loan from Liverpool whilst still Newport’s manager last summer. The Exiles made a change in charge in October with Coughlan taking over. Lewis would enjoy 14 of his Newport appearances under Coughlan for three assists and one goal.

The move to Rodney Parade marked the fourth loan transfer of Lewis’ fledgling career having previously left Liverpool for Amiens SC, Plymouth Argyle and Livingston. The former England U20 gem also had his senior Reds bow in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury in February 2020.

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Newport seal a second season-long loan transfer for Lewis

Lewis has been with Liverpool since the Under-6 academy level and captained the Under-23 team under Steven Gerrard. He is predominantly a left-back but showed he can operate in a more advanced role at Newport. Of his 25 starts, Lewis actually made 20 as a left-midfielder.

Coughlan appreciated the versatility that Lewis offered under his leadership at Newport for the Exiles to now agree to another season-long loan transfer with Liverpool. The Liverpool-born talent signed up for his second term at Rodney Parade on Friday to Coughlan’s delight.

“Adam is great to have at the back and it is fantastic to have him back around the club,” said Coughlan, via quotes by Newport’s club website. “Adam gives us a couple of options and qualities that we were lacking previously.”

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