Newport County loan star Regan Poole has revealed he his unsure of his future at Premier League giants Manchester United.
After becoming the youngest player in Newport’s history to make his full debut, aged just sixteen in September 2014, Poole sealed a dream move to Old Trafford the following year.
A substitute appearance in the Europa League followed in February 2016, before he made twenty-four appearances in a season-long loan spell at Northampton Town in League One in 2017-2018.
The Wales under-21 international returned to Rodney Parade on loan in January and has played a significant part in shoring up the defence, helping County reach the FA Cup fifth round and sustain a challenge for a top-seven spot in League Two.
Since Poole made his second Exiles debut against Exeter City on January 19, he has undoubtedly made an impact, with Newport becoming much harder to break down.
In the thirty-six games before Poole’s arrival, they’d kept eleven clean sheets but conceded fifty-two goals.
In the eighteen games that the Wales under-21 star has played, the Exiles have chalked up nine clean sheets and conceded just seventeen goals.
It is impressive form from the youngster, yet despite regular contact with his parent club, his future remains in doubt.
Poole told the South Wales Argos that ‘My contract is up at the end of the season, but the club has got an option to extend [for another year].’
‘If they take it up, they take it up. If not, I’m not too sure what my plan is. We’ll see what happens.’
‘It could be a big summer, but I’m happy with how my loan has gone so far and hopefully [United will want to keep me].’
The young defender still harbours hopes of making the United first-team and hopes his form for Newport will convince the Old Trafford hierarchy he has a future in Manchester; ‘It’s obviously my aim to make it to the first team, wherever I’m at, and I still feel like it’s on.’
‘I’ve got that red shirt on once, and I want many more [games]. That’s been my aim since I went there at seventeen.’
The Exiles are currently twelfth in League Two, five points behind Exeter in the final playoff spot but they do have a game in hand.
They won convincingly 3-0 last time out at Cambridge to make it five games unbeaten.
They entertain cash strapped automatic promotion chasers Bury on Good Friday knowing a win is crucial to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Poole sounds like an ambitious young man in great form who is determined to earn a new contract at United.
He will no doubt be hoping he gets another deal at Old Trafford with the possibility of a further loan spell in the EFL to continue his development.
Newport fans will no doubt be hoping United release him, putting them in an excellent position to sign him back permanently.
However, if he is released his form will not have gone unnoticed by bigger clubs than the Exiles and they would inevitably face an uphill battle to keep him at Rodney Parade.