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10 March 2016

'Difficult stages can be used as positives', says midfielder

DEVELOPMENT continues to be an ongoing process for Norwich City's Under-21s ahead of Friday's visit to Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane (7pm), according to midfielder Ray Grant.

Dmitri Halajko's side have been on the road for all but one of their fixtures in 2016 so far, including recent testing trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to before City's latest Barclays Under-21s Premier League game, Grant said: "Once again it will be another great experience which we can can all take something from. 

"Playing at the likes of Old Trafford and White Hart Lane is fantastic for us. Tottenham are going for the league, so there will be a buzz around the place.

"We're hoping for more opportunities like that because it's only going to help us develop. If you look at our team we're probably one of the youngest Under-21s sides, which stands everyone in good stead.

"Hopefully we can go and do ourselves justice. They are a good side so we're under no illusions that it's going to be anything other than a very tough game."

City have typically named very youthful teams across the course of the campaign, with a number of scholars stepping up to make their Development Squad debuts this term.

That's translated to a more senior role for Grant within the setup, as the 19-year-old explained: "I first came into the Under-21s when I was 16, so I've been used to being one of the younger ones.

"It's important I now develop as a person to try and help players with less experience, while still learning the game myself. As a group we can learn from the difficult stages we go through and use them as positives.

"We want to go there and give a good account of ourselves. It would be nice for us to get a win because I think it would be deserved.

"We've been working hard in training and a win would be a good boost to everyone's confidence." 

We will be joining the team on Friday night to provide coverage across our digital channels,with video highlights to follow onNorwich City TV.

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