Coleman backing for Blake

Wales manager Chris Coleman is backing Darcy Blake to reignite his career at Newport.

The 25-year-old spent two months without a club after leaving Crystal Palace in January, but he shone during his first two starts for the Exiles.

And Blake, who has not been capped since October 2012, has already spoken of his desire to force his way back into the international fold, and the Welsh boss sees no reason why he can't.

"Darcy's certainly got the ability, it's how much he wants (it)," Coleman told BBC Wales.

"He's got the ability to play higher, no disrespect to Newport. He's proved that, he's played for Wales at a high level and played for Cardiff in the Championship.

"He's certainly got the ability as a defender, he's got to show that he wants to do it consistently.

"If he does that then he'll certainly be a good player for Newport at that level.

"If he keeps doing the business then he'll play higher with Newport or with somebody else."