By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Teenage striker Alex Gilliead could cap a month to remember after being named in the Newcastle United Reserve squad for the first time for Thursday's home game against West Bromwich Albion.
Having only turned 16 in February, the youngster has been a regular in United's Under 18 team during the last few weeks, breaking his duck in their win over Stoke.
He also scooped the coveted Jack Hixon trophy at the recent Sport Newcastle awards, before being drafted into the England Under 16 squad earlier this week for the forthcoming Montaigu Tournament in France.
And Gilliead could now make his Reserve team debut against the Baggies in a behind-closed-doors Barclays Premier Reserve League fixture at the Club's Benton-based Training Centre (2pm kick-off).
Reserve team coach Willie Donachie has named a youthful squad for the clash, with no fewer than nine Academy players involved against the West Brom - Gilliead, Alex Baird, Michael Hoganson, Alex Kitchen, Steven Logan, Marcus Maddison, Ryan McGorrigan, Brandon Miele and Michael Riley.
Phil Airey is the only player with any first team experience - having been a late substitute against Stevenage in the FA Cup last season, while midfielder Michael Richardson has been part of the first team matchday squad for the past three games, without making the bench.
Newcastle United Reserves squad:
Phil Airey, Jak Alnwick, Alex Baird, Alex Gilliead, Jeff Henderson, Michael Hoganson, Alex Kitchen, Steven Logan, Marcus Maddison, Ryan McGorrigan, Brandon Miele, Yven Moyo, Patrick Nzuzi, Michael Richardson, Michael Riley