Name: Romain Amalfitano
Squad number: 17
Born: 27th August, 1989, Nice, France
Height: 174cm (5ft 8.5ins)
Previous clubs: Evian, Stade de Reims
Signed: July 2012, from Stade de Reims
Newcastle United debut: 23rd August, 2012 v Atromitos (away), Europa League
Newcastle United completed the signing of Romain Amalfitano on 1st July, 2012, following the expiry of the midfielder's contract at Stade de Reims.
Amalfitano joined the first team squad on their pre-season tours of Germany and Austria, Portugal and Holland and played a key role in the Magpies' warm-up games ahead of the 2012/13 campaign.
Having been an unused substitute on the opening day of the season against Tottenham Hotspur, Amalfitano's United debut came on 23rd August, 2012, when he stepped off the bench during their Europa League qualifying tie away at Atromitos.
Born in Nice, Amalfitano joined the Chateauroux academy at the age of 14, where he remained until 2009.
A move to Evian followed, as did the start of the midfielder's professional career - making 28 appearances as Les Croix de Savoie clinched the 2009/10 Championnat National title.
Amalfitano had caught the eye and was soon on the move again, agreeing a two-year deal at Stade de Reims. During his two seasons with the club, he helped them first finish tenth in Ligue 2, before achieving a runners-up finish in the division in 2011/12, which earnt promotion to Ligue 1.