Jak Alnwick

Name: Jak Alnwick
Squad number: 31
Nationality: English
Born: 17th June, 1993, Hexham
Height: 187cm
Weight: 86kg
Previous clubs: None
Signed: 2008
Under-21s debut: 6th October, 2009 v Middlesbrough (away), Central League East Division
Position: Goalkeeper

The younger brother of ex-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.

A brave keeper who is a great shot-stopper and hates conceding goals, Alnwick believes you should never give up. His football idols are Pepe Reina and Steve Harper, who he regularly trained with durning the veteran keeper's time on Tyneside.

And in August 2012, Alnwick replaced Harper in a friendly at Hartlepool to make his senior debut for the Club. He still awaits his competitive bow, however.