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Darren Huckerby: The boys are progressing well

20 July 2017

Darren Huckerby says Norwich City's next generation are continuing to head in the right direction as the 2017-18 campaign moves closer.

The former City winger is assisting Matt Gill with the Club's Under-23s this term, having previously worked with other age groups within the Academy.

"They've done pretty well," Huckerby told, when discussing the youngsters' pre-season efforts so far.

"We had a structure set out by the sports scientists which we've stuck to pretty religiously. The first two games have been good so we're looking sharp.

"We're a very young bunch but the lads have taken on board the messages we've given them. The game on Friday is against another Under-23s team so it will show where we are compared to them.

"They're probably two weeks further into their preparation so it will be a good test. We've been pleased with most of the things that have happened so far."

Huckerby says a close relationship to Gill can only be a positive thing, with the pair playing a vital role in development.

"We've worked together quite a bit for the last two years," he added.

"We know the boys pretty well. I've worked with all of them over the course of the past four or five seasons.

"We're in a good position to know what their needs are, and what they need to improve to get to the next level. We've got to give them the tools to play first team football.

"The way we're going, with the new structure, the younger lads will get a chance to stake a claim for a place in the squad. They've got to be ready though, they've got to be good enough.

"They won't be put in for the sake of it and have to be at the required standard."

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