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19:30 30th January 2016

by James Baldwin

Young forward links up with City squad

PATRICK Bamford is determined to hit the ground running at Norwich City after completing a loan switch from fellow Barclays Premier League side Chelsea on Saturday.

The 22-year-old striker saw a similar spell at Crystal Palace cut short earlier this month, allowing him to subsequently link up with Alex Neil's men for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking exclusively to following his move, Bamford said: "The most important thing for me now is to get back playing.

"I've had six months of limited action, which is in stark contrast to last season. That's what I want to do personally, but it's also about helping Norwich to get the points required to stay in the league.

"I've watched the team a few times this season and they've been playing really well while creating a lot of chances. For me, that was a key thing; sticking to their motto of how they want to play. 

"Most of the boys probably already know me, having played against them three times last year. Things like that always help with the settling in process, and the quicker I'm able to bed in the easier it will be start contributing to the team." 

A product of Nottingham Forest's Academy prior to joining Chelsea in 2012, Bamford excelled during a loan spell at Middlesbrough last season, netting 17 times in 38 Sky Bet Championship outings.

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Such form saw him named as the division's Player of the Year, ahead of Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy and Watford's Troy Deeney, helping Boro reach the play-off final before they eventually succumbed to a superb Canaries performance at Wembley.

The England Under-21 international now has his sights firmly set on the future however, as he explained: "The weeks after that game were tough, but you can't dwell on the past.

"It's strange how things work out, but I'm really happy to be here now. I believe in living in the present, as well as looking forward, so the sooner I'm able to get involved the better.

"We've got a squad with plenty of talented technical players, and that's only going to help me improve as a footballer.

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