Name: Callum Williams
Born: 4th February 1997, Bishop Auckland
Height: 180cm (5ft 10ins)
Callum Williams attended the same school as Stan Laurel - King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland - but it's rare that opposition forwards are laughing when they come up against this young defender.
After a slow start to last season in terms of appearances at under-18 level - partly due to injury - he found himself called up to Peter Beardsley's under-21 team in the second half of the campaign and never looked back, rounding off the term with some excellent performances in the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank Soccer Sevens.
More than just a stopper, he tries to play from the back like his hero Mats Hummels. A former Wallsend Boys Club player, he enjoys playing table tennis.
Callum shares a house with Slovakian defender Lubo Satka and will hope to emulate his friend's route to the fringes of the first team squad over the next few months.