Goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell joined Derby County in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer from Newcastle United.
He was an unused substitute on a handful of occasions during the 2014/15 season for the first-team, with his match action coming in Derby’s Under 21 side, and his impressive performances and development during the season saw him sign a new contract.
In no mood to stop the following year, the 2015/16 season proved to be just as successful for Mitchell.
The young goalkeeper made his professional debut for Derby in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round meeting against his hometown club Hartlepool United - and also had a successful loan spell with League 2 side Luton Town, where he made six appearances.
He also played a large chunk of the fixtures as Derby’s Under 21s lifted the Barclays U21 Premier League – Division 2 title.
Mitchell made his reserve team debut for Newcastle at the tender age of 15 against Manchester City in January 2011 while still at school, and also travelled with Newcastle’s Development Squad to Italy for the Torneo di Viareggio tournament a month later.
During that season, Mitchell had shared goalkeeping duties for Newcastle’s Under-16 side, before featuring for the Under-18s’ set-up in April – three months after making his debut for the Under-21s - when he kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
The former High Tunstall College of Science pupil captained his Hartlepool school in rugby before deciding to concentrate solely on football, and became a first-year scholar at the Newcastle Academy in the summer of 2011.
The Hartlepool-born shot-stopper enjoyed a successful loan spell at Workington in 2012/13, and re-joined the Skrill North side again on a one-month youth loan earlier in the 2013/14 campaign, which allowed him to continue playing for the Magpies’ Under-21s side.