Kyle Howkins looking forward to Newport challenge after 12 years at West Brom
Former Albion defender Kyle Howkins is looking forward to a new challenge at Newport County.
Howkins has signed a two-year contract with the League Two side after being released by the Baggies.
It ends a stay of 12 years at the club for the 23-year-old centre-back.
"I’d like to thank everyone at WBA for the past 12 years, had some great memories there, wish them all the best for the future!" he said.
"The offer from Newport was really concrete and I'm looking forward to the challenge, especially moving from home and just can't wait to get underway for pre-season and the season ahead.
"Getting the deal done early will let me get mixed in with the lads and help me get to know them."
Howkins signed his first professional contract with Albion in 2017 and made his senior debut last season in the League Cup.
He has also had loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Cambridge United and Port Vale.
Newport manager Michael Flynn said: "I'm delighted to have Kyle onboard, he's a young, promising centre back who has the potential to play higher.
"He's been coached by those I hold in very good regard. Kyle is someone I've kept my eye on for almost over two years and even tried signing him on loan in the past. It's a fantastic deal for us because he's got a promising future ahead of him."