Callam Mendez-Jones | defence

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31.1.1996

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player bio

Right-back, who can also operate in central defence, who rejoined the Pitmen from Northern Premier League strugglers Buxton in January 2020

A graduate of the West Bromwich Albion youth scheme, Mendez-Jones was promoted to the Baggies U23 side in the summer of 2014, playing a number of games at reserve level for the club during the following season. In June 2016, he was loaned to League Two side Accrington Stanley on a six month deal, making only two substitute appearances for the Lancashire club in that time. By this time, he had made a number of appearances for England at both U17 and U18 level

 

In June 2017, Mendez-Jones was released by West Brom and spent the summer months on trial at the likes of Cheltenham Town as he looked to earn a deal

 

In November 2017, he linked up with Hednesford, ahead of their Evo-Stik League Premier game against Farsley Celtic, making his debut at centre back in a 2-1 win. Alongside fellow new signings Matt Curley and Charlie Gatter, the youngsters gave the Pitmen much-needed verve and enthusiasm in defence, setting the club off on a tremendous winning run over Christmas and New Year that lifted them to the fringes of the play-off places

 

Despite the Pitmen's season imploding dramatically in the final weeks of the season, Mendez-Jones had done enough to convince many of his ability and adaptability, turning in many good performances in a variety of positions. This led to rumours of a number of Football League clubs showing an interest in the youngster, with the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Luton Town allegedly keeping tabs on Mendez-Jones

However, in July 2018, Mendez-Jones returned to Keys Park to agree a new deal with the club for the forthcoming season. He started the season well in a fairly strong Hednesford defence, but departed Keys Park in November 2018 to follow Rob Smith and Larry Chambers to Southern Premier League Central side Halesowen Town

Life at the Grove was to prove tough for Mendez-Jones and his manager, as the Yeltz were relegated at the end of the 2018-2019 season to step four once more. By this point, Mendez-Jones had picked up an MCL injury that saw him leave Halesowen injured. He signed for Rushall Olympic in the summer, but his return to action was delayed by a few months whilst he recovered from injury

After playing ten times for Rushall, Mendez-Jones joined league rivals Redditch United in November 2019, playing only twice for them before joining Gary Hayward's struggling Buxton side the following month

After nine appearances at Silverlands, Mendez-Jones returned to his native West Midlands and rejoined the Pitmen in January 2020 in a straight swap with former team-mate Curley, who linked up with Buxton

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