James Tavernier


Name: James Tavernier
Squad number: 34
Nationality: English
Born: 31st October, 1991, Bradford
Height: 175cm (5ft 9.5ins)
Weight: 81.2kg
Previous clubs: Gateshead (loan), Carlisle United (loan), Sheffield Wednesday (loan), Milton Keynes Dons (loan)
Signed: July 2008 from youth
Newcastle United debut: 22nd September, 2009 v Peterborough (away), Carling Cup
Position: Defender



Versatile defender James Tavernier is a product of Newcastle United's youth set-up.


Having arrived at the Club aged 15 from Leeds United, it didn't take Tavernier long to make an impression on Tyneside, with a Reserve team debut following later that year.


Tavernier, who can play at either right-back or centre-half, was handed his first team bow in the League Cup at Peterborough in September 2009 as a substitute, and his full debut came in the same competition early in the 2010/11 campaign against Accrington Stanley.


A near three-month loan spell at Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Gateshead began in January 2011, and the following season saw the youngster head out on temporary deals to three different clubs.


First up was Carlisle United, where Tavernier made 17 appearances across three months, and he also caught the eye in spells at fellow League One sides Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons.



Early Days

Born in Bradford, Tavernier spent six seasons with Leeds United from the age of nine, before moving to Tyneside, and joined United's Academy from local Walbottle School.