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City youngsters prepare for Foyle Cup

13 July 2017

Norwich City will be sending teams to this year's Foyle Cup, which takes place in Londonderry next week.

David Wright be overseeing an Under-19s City side for the tournament, where they will play five matches in the space of five days.

Each game will consist of 35 minute halves, with the Canaries set to face Dergview, Roe Rovers and Oxford United in the group stages ahead of further fixtures being arranged.

Looking ahead to the competition, Wright said: "It's going to be a really heavy load for the boys.

"That's great though. It's what you want because this year we're looking to really push the boys physically.

"In doing that you will also push them mentally which helps them prepare more realistically for Championship football. Two games a week is relentless, so that will be a really good learning curve for them.

"We wanted to crank things up another notch, which is what we've done."

Wright says the intensity of training has been possible thanks in no small part to the personal work done by individual players during the summer months.

"We were pleased with the shape the boys came back in," he added.

"They followed their programmes which enables us to hit the ground running. All the boys are looking good and looking forward to the pre-season games starting.

"Against Kirkley & Pakefield the boys will play certain parts. Some will play 45 minutes or an hour, others will play 90 minutes.

"It will all be tailored to them individually."

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