STRIKER Rene Howe has joined Newport County after leaving Burton Albion by mutual consent this morning.
The 27-year-old only joined the Brewers last summer and made 19 appearances this season, scoring twice.
Howe Tweeted this afternoon to say: “Happy to of signed for Newport County in lg2... Enjoyed my time at #bafc would like to thank the fans 4 the great support to myself but looking forward to my new challenge at #ncafc.”
Howe started the first seven league games after arriving at Burton from Torquay United, but was then relegated to the bench before dropping out of the 18-man matchday squad altogether for seven games.
He returned to the bench at the end of November, and started three games at the start of December, but told Burton Mail Sport that the reasons for his absence were between him and manager Gary Rowett.
Asked if it had been frustrating being out of the side, Howe said: “A little bit.
“That’s between me and the gaffer.
“No-one really knows what has happened, and I don’t think anyone will except me and the gaffer.”
Despite that return, he was unable to consistently break up the successful partnership of Billy Kee and Adam McGurk, who lead Albion’s scoring charts, although he did show promising signs in the few games he played up front with Kee.
“We all train together and do finishing work together,” said Howe last month.
“Whoever is there, we expect to do well in that strike partnership.
“I’m always happy when I’m playing my football, and hopefully that can continue.
“We’ve got a good squad here with five good strikers playing for two positions.
“If that continues for the rest of the season, then that can only be a good thing.”
Howe’s last appearance for Albion came on New Year’s Day as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Mansfield Town.
At Newport, he rejoins Justin Edinburgh, with whom he worked at Rushden & Diamonds, and comes straight into contention for the Welsh team’s game at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
A club statement read: "Everyone at Burton Albion Football Club would like to thank Rene for his contribution this season and wish him the very best in the future."