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26 August 2015

Academy graduate makes senior City bow

NORWICH City's Harry Toffolo spoke of his pride after making his senior Club debut in Tuesday night's 2-1 Capital One Cup second round win at Rotherham United.

The young left-back completed 90 minutes in South Yorkshire, as goals from Jonny Howson and Ricky van Wolfswinkel set up a third round meeting with Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Toffolo himself came close to finding the net only to be denied by United goalkeeper Adam Collin, and after the game exclusively told "It would have made for a dream debut to score, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

"The gaffer has shown faith in me following on from pre-season, which I really respect. He's put me in the side and given me the opportunity to show himself, the fans and the other players what I can do.

"I've been here since I was 13 so to make my professional City debut is fantastic. Getting the result we wanted in order to progress to the next round makes it even better."

A key member of the FA Youth Cup winning squad of 2013, the 20-year-old spent much of last term on loan at Sky Bet League One side Swindon Town.

He made 28 league appearances as the Robins reached the play-off final before being defeated by Preston North End, and added: "It was a great learning curve for me, and I've come back to the club a different player.

"I can't thank Swindon enough for my time there. I'm really grateful for everything they did to help me get to this stage.

"I don't want this to be it for me now though. I've got my Norwich debut under my belt, but want to kick on and keep impressing."

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