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Todd Cantwell: I'm loving every minute

15 March 2018

Norwich City youngster Todd Cantwell is loving every aspect of his loan move to Dutch Eerste Divisie side Fortuna Sittard.

The creative midfielder joined Fortuna in January, and has since gone on to establish himself as a key player in the side with some eye-catching displays.

Notching his maiden career goal away to NEC Nijmegen in February, Cantwell added to his tally earlier this month by netting in a 3-1 win at FC Eindhoven. 

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk about his time in The Netherlands so far, the Norfolk-born 20-year-old said: "I've got a couple of goals and seem to have gone down really well with the fans.

"It's been fantastic. The supporters have been brilliant, as have the players. Everyone here has welcomed me with open arms and I've wanted to repay that with my performances.

"To score my first goal in front of a set of fans, with the boys going for the Championship, it was extra special. It was a really proud moment for me and to get another one shortly after was fantastic.

"The boys all speak English which is great - but not so good for my Dutch! It's a very hard language to speak, believe me, but I'm trying to learn a few bits.

"I needed the opportunity to show what I could do and I'm thankful to everyone for making it happen. I've just got to concentrate on helping the team now for the rest of the season.

"I'm looking to score some more goals, and as a team we're still striving for the Championship. As long as that goal is still available, that's what everyone here will be pushing for."

Having made his Canaries debut away to Chelsea just before departing for Sittard, Cantwell is eager to use his temporary stint abroad as a springboard for future success.

"The way they play is similar to how we're trying to play back at Norwich," he explained.

"There's a lot of patient possession play, so I'm thoroughly enjoying the role I've been given. Although the move came out of the blue a little bit, it really suits me.

"I knew a loan was a potential option and as a group we decided Fortuna was probably the best option for me. They were keen to take me and it rolled on from there.

"It's been tough, coming out to a different country, but that's part and parcel of growing up off the pitch. This move is only going to help me in the long-run.

"I've been at Norwich my whole career, I love the club and my goal is to come back and play in the first team. I'm sure I'll look back on this as one of the best experiences of my career because it's given me a stepping-stone." 


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