GEORGE Nurse will return to Rodney Parade next season after signing on loan for Newport County AFC's League Two rivals Walsall.

The 21-year-old Bristol City prospect made 26 appearances, 17 of them starts, down the left for the Exiles in 2019/20.

Nurse won County's goal of the season for his stunning long-range winner in the last minute of the clash with Carlisle United at Rodney Parade in October.

The defender/midfielder will now have a second campaign in League Two after making the move to the Saddlers, who finished two places and one point above Michael Flynn's side in the curtailed season.

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"I'm buzzing. I've known about the move for a while now and I am just happy to finally get it over the line," said Nurse.

"The relationship that the club has already got with my parent club Bristol City was a big factor in coming here.

"I spoke to the boys who had been here before, Pringy and Rory (Holden), and they really sold the club to me. After I had spoken to them, it was an easy decision.

"When I spoke to the two boys, they said that there is a really good group of lads here and they said the training facilities are fantastic. I have been to the training ground and had a look round this morning and the pitches are brilliant.

"The manager likes to play his young players and he puts his faith in them and that is a good sign for me. I am here to get plenty of game time and I can't wait to crack on."

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"I watched George a few times last season whilst he was out on loan at Newport County and I was extremely impressed with him," said Walsall manager Darrell Clarke.

"He has the ability to play as a full-back, a wing-back and he can play left midfield as well which is very appealing and he has great potential.

"We've got a great relationship with Bristol City and we're very grateful to them for trusting us with another one of their youth prospects."