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James Maddison: I've exceeded my own expectations

20 April 2018

James Maddison admits the sheer extent to which he has excelled at Norwich City this season has surprised even himself - despite 'being full of self-belief'.

The attacking midfielder has shone in a breakthrough campaign at Carrow Road, with a host of assists to accompany the 15 goals he has to his name.

"Looking back at the season, I can be extremely happy with how it's gone personally," Maddison told reporters when previewing Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at Preston.

"If you told me at the start of the season I'd miss only two games, then I wouldn't have believed you. I've exceeded my own expectations.

"I've grown so much as a person and as a player. When Daniel Farke came in he gave me a chance and I've loved every minute.

"I love playing football and you always need that person to give you a chance."

Deepdale holds a special place in the young playmaker's heart, having made his league bow for City there towards the end of last season - netting late on to help wrap up a 3-1 victory.

"To score on my Championship debut was a special moment I'll never forget," he added.

"From there, I've enjoyed every moment of being able to play so many games this season. I love life at Norwich City.

"My family have always been great and have always travelled up and down the country to watch me. I just want to continue making them proud."

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