Jak Alnwick

Name: Jak Alnwick
Squad number: 42
Nationality: English
Born: 17th June, 1993, Hexham
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Previous clubs: None
Signed: 2008
Newcastle United Reserves debut: 6th October, 2009 v Middlesbrough (away)
Position: Goalkeeper

The younger brother of Tottenham goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, Hexham-born Jak is making a name for himself with Newcastle having joined United from Sunderland in 2008.

An England under-18 international who has also been called up for his country at under-20 level, Alnwick saved a penalty in United's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Grimsby at St. James' Park in January 2011 and made his Reserve team debut in October 2009 at Middlesbrough.

He also starred in the FA Youth Cup run of the previous season, where United reached the semi-finals, and he ranks that as his best footballing memory.

A brave keeper who is a great shot-stopper and hates conceding goals, Alnwick believes you should never give up. His football idol is Pepe Reina and Steve Harper, who he regularly trains with, is his Magpies favourite.

And in August 2012, Alnwick replaced Harper in a friendly at Hartlepool to make his senior debut for the club.