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25 July 2016

City face Sky Blues at Carrow Road on Tuesday

JAMES Maddison admits it will be a 'strange' feeling if he lines up against boyhood club Coventry City in Tuesday's friendly at Carrow Road (7.30pm).

Maddison signed for City in February after spending 13 years with the Sky Blues, making his professional debut aged 17 and going on to total 41 appearances for the senior team.

The Canaries ramp up their preparations for the 2016-17 campaign against Tony Mowbray's side, with Maddison one of those who could feature after a seamless transition into life at his new club this summer.

"It's going to be a strange one, but one I'm looking forward to," the 19-year-old told Norwich City TV.

"There will be a lot of familiar faces for me there on Tuesday night. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, the manager and all the lads that I've got really good relationships with there.

"I came right through the Academy all the way into the first team and it's a club that will always have a place in my heart.

"If I'm playing, then I'll just take it as another game and try and do my thing.

"There will be some banter before and after the game though, and I hope I'm the one bantering about getting the right result! It's all in good spirit - I've got a lot of good friends there and I'm looking forward to seeing them."

Maddison has featured in three of City's four warm-up matches so far, providing an assist for Jacob Murphy in the 3-0 victory over Peterborough United before joining his teammates in Austria last week.

He says his immediate target remains to impress manager Alex Neil, with the hope of forcing his way into contention for playing time in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

"Obviously it's only pre-season, but it's good to get some minutes in the yellow shirt and I've really enjoyed it so far," he added.

"The lads and the staff have been really good with me to be fair. I've settled straight in and got to know everyone better. Going on tour was about bonding, there's a lot more staff than there was at Coventry.

"Everyone looks sharp. At this stage of pre-season, it's more about the ball and the squad is shaping up nicely and I feel ready for the season.

"At the minute I'm just trying to impress the gaffer and all the coaching staff. Whatever happens will happen, but I'm doing everything I can to show the gaffer that I'm capable of performing at this level, which I know I am."

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