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DAVID WRIGHT: A GOOD YEAR FOR THE UNDER-18s

9 May 2017

City youngsters ended campaign with win at Everton

DAVID Wright believes the 2016-17 season has been a successful one for Norwich City's Under-18s after seeing nine scholars offered professional deals.

The young Canaries ended their competitive campaign with an impressive 2-1 win at Everton on Saturday, with Agust Hlynsson netting superbly during a strong showing at Finch Farm.

"We've seen a number of boys offered professional contracts, which makes it a good year," Wright told canaries.co.uk. 

"Our job is to produce players and help them develop into our Under-23s squad. Generally, we could have, and probably should have, done better as there were a couple of opportunities which would have taken us into the top four.

"Going off to play the likes of Manchester United and Man City would have been a really good test. We've had a strong finish to the season though, beating Everton, so I'm pleased what the boys have done overall.

"For me, it's been good after what was initially a settling in period over the first couple of months. On the pitch things have taken care of themselves so it's been a pleasing year.

"Once this week is over we'll give them a break then they will all have off-season programmes to keep them fit. That way they will be ready to hit the ground running when they come in for pre-season."

Explaining what's up next for the youngsters before their time away from Colney Training Centre, Wright pointed to an often unspoken yet invaluable part of their overall development process.

"For the next week we'll be mopping up things to do with education such as first aid and child welfare," the 37-year-old explained.

"Unfortunately, the statistics of making it as a professional football can be extremely low. A lot of boys will drop out at some point so the education part is massive for them.

"It gives them something else to do if they're one of the unfortunate ones. From the education they're given they can progress to college or university, or into another area of life.

"That makes it a really important thing for them. The first aid stuff, for example, is vital for everyone. You never want to use it but it's a great thing to have."



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