NEWTOWN manager Chris Hughes has targeted January reinforcements.

The Robins boss ranked securing a top six finish with two games remaining before the split as the best achievement in the league during his tenure at the helm.

Hughes also backed his side to continue their impressive form in 2019, starting at TNS tonight (Friday) while confirming talks had begun with several potential new signings to bolster their ranks.

“To be in the top six is a massive achievement for everyone at Newtown Football Club,” said Hughes. “From the supporters and committee to staff and players.

“It really does speak volumes about what we are trying to build at the club and would say this top six qualification is better than any in the past and anything we do in the next 12 games is a bonus.”

However Hughes insisted Newtown would not just make up the numbers in the championship conference despite conceding the Mid Wales club would likely be considered as “outsiders.”

“We have shown we can compete with anyone in this league and we will look to continue that for the remainder of the season,” said Hughes.

Hughes confirmed the club would have to add to its ranks with Jolyon Harries and Ben Bailey departing for their former clubs in past months while Tom Goodwin is out for the season with injury.

“The squad is light, I think that we will be talking to a few potential targets with the view of boosting our numbers,” said Hughes. “We are being stretched by injuries, suspension and of course have lost a few since the start of the season.”

Hughes praised his squad for the campaign so far with the process beginning last season.

“We lost a few players last summer so last season was about rebuilding, regrouping and ensuring we were in a better position for this season.

“Our record this season and securing a top six place is just reward for the players and shows just how far the club has come.

“Many thanks to all our supporters and hopefully we can continue to make our loyal fanbase smile in 2019.”