midfielder Luke Hannant joined Cambridge from Norwich's youth team
aged 14. A central midfielder, he played for the CRC side in the
Ridgeons League. He later joined Dereham, playing a key role
as they won the Thurlow Nunn Eastern League in 2012/13.
He then headed to the North East to study Sport Science at Northumbria University. Whilst there, he began playing for Conference side Gateshead as well as Northern League side South Shields. When Gateshead manager Neil Aspin left to take charge of Port Vale in October 2017, Hannant followed for a five figure fee. He finished the 2017/18 season with 18 appearances and one goal.