Scott Twine: Newport could lose loan star in January
NEWPORT County AFC boss Michael Flynn admits there is a risk that Scott Twine on loan will be recalled in January – but is hoping Swindon will see the value of the influential midfielder having a full season in the county .
The Exiles head to Leyton Orient this afternoon to strengthen their position at the top of League Two.
The county got off to a good start in the campaign with the help of Twine and fellow lender Brandon Cooper, whose screens landed a new contract in Swansea City.
The duo could be recalled by their parent clubs in the New Year and while that remains highly unlikely for center-back Cooper, 20, as the Swans push for promotion to the league, concern is over. great for Twine.
Swindon is just outside the relegation zone in League One after being promoted last season and could be tempted to bring the midfielder back for another attacking option.
“You can never say for sure, but we have them on a season’s loan,” said Flynn. “We want to keep them – Brandon was phenomenal, Scott was great too.
“Brandon got a new contract at Swansea and it’s well deserved. I talk to Steve Cooper (Swans manager) quite regularly, so we’re in a good position there.
“Scott enjoys his football and I hope we can keep him.”
Twine scored his fifth league goal of the season with a free kick at Grimsby midweek, then fouled Padraig Amond for the penalty kick in the 2-0 win.
The bright prospect has been a creative force for the exiles and also pulled in shots, with his long-range stunner at Cambridge in October winning the League Two goal of the month.
“This is our coaching! We train him to get into those areas and encourage him to be up front and shiny in the final third, ”said Flynn. “He’s doing well and it’s very nice to have him here.
“I don’t know if Swindon will call him back. They might consider it valuable for him to have a full season to play on a regular basis because it’s better for him and he might be more useful for them in the future.
Twine has appeared in 20 games while Cooper has been a mainstay of the defense with 21 appearances.
He was out of contract at the end of the season, but the Swans have agreed to new terms with the Welsh Under-21 international from Porthcawl.
“It’s another feather in the hat for me and the coaching staff,” said Flynn. “We were able to develop younger players and reward them in their parent clubs.
“Brandon has a very bright future. He’s been very, very consistent and is very mature on the pitch for someone his age.
“He’s constantly talking and full of information. He doesn’t just speak for fun, his performances confirm this.