Versatile youngster Kelland Watts is impressing for Plymouth Argyle following two successful loan spells in League Two last season.
The Alnwick born defender had spells at Stevenage and Mansfield in 19/20 and has continued to impress while making the jump up in divisions to League One.
He seems highly rated at NUFC and could aim to potentially break into the first-team set up next year, with the prospect set to see out the rest of this campaign at the Pilgrims.
Watts can play centre half but also in midfield. He has been described as being competent on the ball and, at six-foot four, is physically imposing as well.
Another option for him, and possibly the most likely one could be to test his trade in the Championship, taking another leap up before testing himself in the top flight. According to The Chronicle, those watching him closely down on the South Coast fully expect him to be snapped up on loan by a second tier side next summer.
This would be a wise move for a player who has passed every trial and tribulation set in front of him so far.
His preference to go out on loan and make a claim for first team football should be heralded, and others should follow suit to prevent their NUFC careers from dwindling out into obscurity – like many before them have.
He featured in the Premier League last season – replacing Danny Rose in our final day defeat to Liverpool – however a stint in the Championship could do him the world of good in 2021 before a potential fight for first-team action.