BORN and raised in Tynedale, a hard working midfielder is quickly becoming adored by football fans on Humberside.

George Honeyman, who grew up playing his junior football for Prudhoe Youth Club, is catching the eye for League One title hopefuls Hull City as he has helped his new club to second spot with a string of excellent performances.

A player who could divide opinion among Wearsiders during his spell in Sunderland’s first team, he was always regarded as a player who would give his all no matter what critics levelled at him.

Honeyman joined Hull last season but was unable to prevent the Tigers from beating the drop from the Championship, however, he is more than making his mark this campaign as Hull have won seven of their opening nine League One fixtures.

The dynamic midfielder, who is highly regarded by City manager Grant McCann, has really come into his own, becoming a regular in the league’s team of the week - and he is likely to feature again this week after eye-catching displays in the 3-1 midweek victory at Bristol Rovers and Saturday’s home defeat against Peterborough.

The Tigers were slow starters in Bristol as they found themselves a goal down early on - so early that their manager had barely made his way across the pitch to the dugouts in front of the Poplar Stand.

It took City a little to get going but once they did, it was Honeyman who assumed control of the game, dragging his side into the contest.

Throughout, his fluid movement through the midfield caused problem after problem for Rovers, they could not pick him up as he found pockets of space in between the lines, the driving force behind the visitors’ attacking threat.

Honeyman is being hailed as City’s playmaker, their key to unlocking the division as they strive to gain promotion back to the Championship.

Since signing on Humberside, Honeyman has made 51 appearances, scoring on three occasions.

He played 83 times for Sunderland’s first team and netted 12 times, and also enjoyed a loan spell at Gateshead during 2015-2016 where he played nine games, scoring once.