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Alfie Payne: It's a dream to play at Carrow Road

11 December 2017

Norwich City Under-18s captain Alfie Payne says his side's FA Youth Cup involvement is something to relish.

The young Canaries kick off their participation in the 2017-18 competiton with a third round home tie against Barnsley on Tuesday (7pm), with tickets available for the Carrow Road clash

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, the 18-year-old said: "We're really looking forward to it.

"Every year we wait for the draw to see who we're going to get. It's a big game for everyone and we can't wait.

"I've grown up in Norwich and always supported them so to play at Carrow Road is a great opportunity. For me, it makes it even better as I've always dreamed of doing that.

"Whenever we play there we always enjoy it and it's a positive experience. Hopefully we'll get plenty of people down there to play in front of."

With City having notably won the FA Youth Cup back in 2013, Payne wants to do everything possible to emulate that success.

"When we walk around we can see picture of the boys who won it a few years ago," the central midfielder explained.

"Everyone wants to follow in their footsteps and achieve the same. It's a good inspiration, seeing players who did well in the Youth Cup going on to have careers.

"There's always excitement around these games but we look to treat every match the same. We've got to maintain our attitude and keep things normal."

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