Solihull Moors are delighted to announce the signing of Newport County defender Kyle Howkins on loan until the end of the season.*

Howkins, 24, signed his first professional contract with West Bromwich Albion in 2017 and went on to enjoy loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Cambridge United and Port Vale.

He signed a two-year contract at Newport in June 2019 and arrives at the Moors with Football League experience under his belt.

On signing for the club, Howkins said: “I’m very happy to be at the club and really looking forward to it. As soon as the club were interested I wanted to come down.

“I first worked with Jimmy at my previous club (West Brom), he was my first coach at under 10’s. I’m really looking forward to working with him once again.

“One of the main reasons is to get some minutes under the belt and hopefully play the remaining games.

“This is a very good team and I know the goal is promotion, so we’ll do everything to make sure we get that.”

Manager Jimmy Shan added: “I am delighted to bring Kyle to the football club. We have made no hidden secret that we’ve been missing someone of his physical presence with Alex Gudger and Callum Howe being unavailable for large parts of the season.

“I’ve known Kyle since he was 10 years of age at West Brom. I know he’s got a good character, good attitude to learn and improve.

“I am sure he will bring a physical presence, strength, speed and a thirst to defend, dominate and win first contacts.

“He is also very calm and competent in possession. We welcome Kyle to the Moors and hope his stay with the club will prove to be a successful one.”

Howkins will wear the squad number 20 during his time with the Moors.

*Pending international clearance from the Welsh FA.