Shropshire Star

The New Saints land Oldham Athletic youngster Benny Couto

Craig Harrison has bolstered his TNS ranks with the loan signing of Oldham full-back prospect Benny Couto.

Benny Couto (Photo: Eddie Garvey | MI News)

Portuguese teenager Couto, 19, is highly-regarded left-sided defender who has already played almost 40 games across League Two and National League football for the Boundary Park club.

He made his League Two debut as a 17-year-old in 2021.

Head coach Harrison said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Benny. He is a talented young player who gets up and down, and is also athletic and has lots of energy.

“A technically good footballer and still only 19 years of age, having played almost 40 games in League Two and the National League, he’s got a bit of experience for such a young player. Benny will add some very good qualities to our squad.”

TNS visit Pontypridd United in Cymru Premier on Saturday.

Couto added: “I am really pleased to move to The New Saints, and I think this will be a great move to continue my development.

“The team have always been really successful and have played at the highest level in Europe too, so I am excited to get started in the upcoming matches. There are lots of talented players in the squad and I am looking forward to playing alongside them.”