TOWN old boy Michael Flynn has returned to Newport County – and pledged to take them back into the Football League.

The 31-year-old midfielder was born in the Welsh town and began his career at the club, who are plotting a Blue Square Premier promotion campaign.

He left them in 2000 to join Barry Town before being signed by Wigan two years later.

Flynn played for Gillingham and Blackpool, under current Town boss Simon Grayson, before Stan Ternent brought him to the Galpharm in the summer of 2008.

Flynn made 27 appearances, scoring five times, but fell out of favour under Lee Clark and had a loan stint at Darlington before a switch to Bradford in August 2009.

“I’ve spent a decade in the Football League and I had some offers to stay there and others to play for other clubs in the Conference on better money,” he said.

“But it would have been tough to play against Newport, because they are my club. I’ve come to get promoted, I believe we can get promoted.”

Managed by former Tottenham player Justin Edinburgh, County were reformed in 1989 after the demise of the former Football League club and have worked their way up the non-league ladder.

They share Rodney Parade with Newport’s rugby team.