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Young goalkeeper Billy Johnson joins Norwich City

6 August 2018

Goalkeeper Billy Johnson has joined Norwich City on a one-year deal with the option of a further year and is set to feature for Matt Gill's Under-23s this season.

Johnson, 18, spent the majority of his youth career playing for his local side Beccles before joining the Community Sports Foundation's (CSF) Football and Education Programme which allows youngsters to continue their academic study alongside a full training programme delivered by ex-City players Adam Drury, Ryan Jarvis and Simon Lappin.

He has spent time training with the Canaries this summer and has subsequently been offered a deal for the upcoming season.

Speaking to, Johnson said: "It still feels pretty surreal and it doesn’t feel like it’s actually happened yet. It was very out of the blue but I’m over the moon that I’ve signed.

"At the end of last season, I went on trial to Peterborough United. That went quite well as I worked really hard.

"Norwich then showed a bit of interest and they gave me pre-season to try and earn a contract. It didn’t help that I got injured early on into the trial but they obviously saw something and I appreciate the opportunity."

"If it wasn’t for the CSF programme, I wouldn’t be here right now. They gave me the opportunity to get an education and play regular football.

"I have a point to prove. I didn’t come through the academy system, I’ve been spotted late so I’m keen to impress."

Development Squad Head Coach Matt Gill added: "Credit must go to Adam, Ryan and Simon who work for CSF to help produce lads like Billy.

"This deal shows the link between the Academy and the programme is there. I'm delighted to have Billy on board."

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