A new chief at the Lane

Nicknamed the "Chief" by the Blues for his commanding respect within the squad - Pearce arrives at the Lane as a towering young centre-back.

The 17-year-old defender is a bright young talent of the Birmingham City
Krystian Pearce
youth academy.

Pearce has yet to appear for the Blues first eleven but arrives at Meadow Lane as one of England's most promising defensive players.

The England under-19 international has been given permission to play for County in Saturday's FA Cup clash with Histon.

Pearce's club career highlight came when he was named in the City squad that travelled to St James Park for an FA Cup replay.

He also captained the Blues under-18 side that reached the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup.

On the international stage, Pearce netted his first goal for the under-17's as they turned in a 2-0 qualification win in Iceland.

He represented his country in the UEFA European under-17 Championship starting every game in the competition held in Belgium.

The three lions lost out to Spain in the final.

This achievement gained Engalnd a route to the World Cup in South Korea.

Again the starting side, Pearce garbbed a goal in their win over Syria.

Pearce advanced to the England under-19 squad and now has 13 caps to his name.

The young gun partners Jordan Spence of West Ham for the national side, but on a temporary basis should line up with Stephen Hunt at Meadow Lane - as he seeks first team club experience.

The youngster from Birmingham is renowned for being strong in the air along with pace. He is a man mountain and will be an imposing figure in the Notts back four.

He has all the ingredients of a becoming a top class pro in years to come.