Huddersfield Town defender Callum Elliott is training with Spennymoor Town as he enters the last months of his contract with his parent club.
The Gateshead-born 19-year-old academy product has been a regular starter for the Terriers’ under 18 side for the last two years.
But his desire to play for a senior team is fueling a work experience period with Jason Ainsley’s promotion chasing Northern Premier League side.
Ainsley said: “I’ve been really impressed with Callum’s ability and physicality since he started training with us. He can play at right back or centre back and is equally comfortable at either.
“He’s mobile and comfortable on the ball. He really has a lot of attributes for someone so young. Callum was recommended to me by Marco Gabbiadini, who knows a footballer when he sees one.
“I’d like to have seen him play some games and impress for our Under 18 side, but he can’t due to being contracted to Huddersfield.
“That doesn’t mean that he can’t play for the first team, though. I wouldn’t hesitate to throw him in if we were in need of some cover there.”
Many Football League youngsters take the opportunity to get work experience in non-league to help them transition into men’s football from youth teams. Elliott is one example of this tactic as he looks to impress at a crucial time in his young career.