Date: 21st February 2019 at 6:00am
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Norwich City have announced that seven Academy U23 players have signed new deals with the Canaries.

Josh Coley, Billy Johnson, Ciaren Jones, Alfie Payne, Tom Scully, Anthony Spyrou and Jordan Thomas have all signed new one-year deals.

Meanwhile, another young prospect, Icelandic midfielder Isak Thorvaldsson has signed his first professional deal with the Canaries.

It seems that the plan is to keep these lads, who are all part of a particularly young U23 group, at Norwich for the time being although some could go out on loan next season.

“The group of lads are late-developers” Academy Manager Steve Weaver told “They’ve still got time to reach their best. We’re hopeful if they all keep going the right way, they’ll have a real chance of making it here.”

“There’s no rush for any of them to go out on loan. The Under-23s are generally a young group especially with Isak and Jordan in there.

“They all have plenty of time left. We will maybe start looking at loans next season, but for now, their aim is to continue improving with us.”

In other news, a little snippet from HITC Sport suggests that young Tottenham central defender, Maxwell Statham has been on trial with the Canaries.

Statham was pictured on Wednesday among the players at Spurs’ first team training and although the main attraction was the return from injury of Harry Kane, the presence of Statham is interesting from a Norwich perspective.

Statham, 18, is a centre back and the son of former Spurs defender Brian Statham. Mauricio Pochettino often involves his youngsters in first team training, something that Daniel Farke does at Norwich too, and I wonder if Statham’s involvement in training after a reported trial at Norwich is an attempt to persuade him that his future might lie in North London rather than Norfolk.

Statham has made six appearances this season for the Spurs U18s, but has not been able to break into the U23s development squad.

With his contract up in the summer he’s probably keeping his options open.

We’ll see.

Finally, it’s currently half-term and if you’re stuck for something to do with the kids today then you might be interested to hear that “Super” Tom Trybull and Marco Stiepermann will be signing autographs and posing for photos at the Canary Store in Chapelfield this afternoon (Thursday) between 1.30 – 2.30pm.


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