LUKE Gambin says leaving Colchester United to join their League Two rivals Newport County on loan is a 'great opportunity' for him.

The Malta international has linked up with the Exiles until the end of the season, after finding his game time limited at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Gambin, who is out of contract at Colchester in the summer, said he is looking forward to the challenge at his new club.

Gambin told the Newport County website: “When I first became aware of the club’s interest in me, it was something that I wanted to pursue.

“I’ve already played a lot of football in League Two and got to the play-offs with Colchester last season, so I know what to expect and hopefully I can bring that experience to help this team.

“The manager wants me to add something to this group, but they are already a great team and doing really well, so I’m happy to be a part of it and it’s a great opportunity for me.”

Gambin signed for Colchester in the summer of 2019, on a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old linked up with the U's when he was released by Luton Town after his contract expired at Kenilworth Road.

Gambin has made 50 appearances during his time at the JobServe Community Stadium, scoring twice.

But the former Barnet attacker has found game time difficult to find over recent weeks and has managed only 15 league starts for the U's, during the last two seasons.

Newport manager Michael Flynn told the Newport County website: “Luke already has a lot of experience playing in this division and on the international stage, so he will add a lot of quality to help the squad in the final third.

“He knows what it takes to compete at the top end of the table after getting to the play-offs with Colchester last season.

“Hopefully he can go one step further with us and help us get promotion to League One.”

Gambin is in line to make his debut for Newport in their clash with Oldham Athletic, on Saturday.