Meet Boro’s young guns…
Neil Warnock is preparing to blood some of Boro’s Academy youngsters in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Brentford (6pm).
Here’s a little more on some of those who’ll be hoping to be involved at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Redcar-born Hayden is a central midfielder.
The 18-year-old once scored the winner against Burton Albion to give us our first-ever win in the Checkatrade (Football League) Trophy.
Hayden signed his first professional contract in 2019, and travelled with the senior side on a handful of occasions the subsequent campaign without making a senior appearance.
Middlesbrough-born goalkeeper Sol has been with the club’s Academy since 2009.
Sol has attended England training camps, and stepped up to U23 level for the 2019/20 campaign, when he was also included on the bench for our FA Cup ties against Tottenham Hotspur.
A regular in the travelling party, he also had a spot the bench last weekend at Wycombe.
As yet the only player in this list to have first team minutes, Sam followed fellow youngster Isaiah Jones in joining Boro from Tooting & Mitcham in summer 2019 after a successful trial.
The speedy winger became a regular for our Under-23 side, and won our Goal of the Month competition for February 2020 thanks to a brilliant hit for our U23s against Blackburn Rovers.
He was named on the bench for the first time in our 2020/21 campaign opener against Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup. Sam's league debut came against Norwich City in November 2020 when he came on as a substitute for the final 20 minutes.
Sam signed a new contract with Boro at the end of November 2020.
Like Sam, Isaiah joined Boro from Tooting & Mitcham in May 2019.
The winger linked up with our Under-23 side, and was the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for December that year.
The following month, he joined Scottish side St Johnstone on loan until the end of the season.
Isaiah was introduced to the first team set-up by Neil Warnock, and has travelled with the senior side on several occassions in the 2020/21 season. He also signed a new long-term contract with the club.
A left-sided full-back or winger, William was previously with Sunderland, but came through the youth ranks at Monaco before his switch to the Stadium of Light in 2017.
William had a short loan stint with Darlington last season where he made nine appearances in total for the Quakers. He has regularly trained with our senior squad.
Cain began his journey with the Academy with our Under-9s.
Hailing from South Hetton near Sunderland, Cain signed his first professional contract in 2019.
He’s been a regular in defence or midfield for the U23s in 2020/21.
Isaac, who comes from Middlesbrough, has been a part of our Academy set-up since he joined our Under-10s.
The central midfielder was a key member of the U14s squad who scooped the National Cup in the 2015/16 season.
Recovering from a serious injury to return to action last season, Issac has impressed during the 2020/21 campaign and has also chipped in with a few goals. He was nominated for PL2 POTM in October 2020.
Birmingham-born Rumarn joined City's youth set-up before moving to Grimsby.
During the 2017/18 season, the striker was the Mariners U18s' top scorer and went on to play for their reserves the following campaign.
Rumarn made his debut in the EFL in April 2019 for Grimsby, coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Stevenage. He made a further three appearances for the Mariners' first team.
He joined Boro's Academy in May 2019 and is a regular goalscorer with the U23s.