Conor Newton

Name: Conor Newton
Squad number: N/A
Nationality: English
Born: 17th October, 1991, Newcastle
Height: 1.81m (5ft 11ins)
Weight: 70kgs
Previous clubs: St. Mirren (loan)
Signed: July 2008
Newcastle United Reserves debut: 29th September, 2008 v Blackburn (home)
Position: Midfielder

Injury ruled Conor Newton out for virtually the whole of the last campaign, but he was still offered a new one-year contract last summer.

The midfielder was part of the matchday squad for the Barclays Premier League game at home to Everton in March 2011 - a proud moment for the boyhood Newcastle fan who attended Whickham Comprehensive School even though he missed out on a place on the bench.

However, an injury sustained in a Reserve game at West Ham's Upton Park soon afterwards started a run of bad luck for him and he was out for more than a year before returning for a second-string win at Liverpool at the end of last season.

With United since the age of nine, Newton has a fantastic workrate and rarely gives the ball away. He starred in the under-18s' run to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2009/10 and, having proven his fitness in recent months, was again involved with the first-team in two Europa League ties this season although wasn't named amongst the substitutes on either occasion.

A big fan of boyband the Blazin' Squad, Newton joined Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren on loan in January and he will hope to blaze a trail in the Buddies squad during his spell north of the border. He has already helped them to reach the Scottish League Cup final.