Norwich City are delighted to announce that Louis Thompson has signed a new four-year deal with the Club.
Thompson came back during pre-season after almost two years out injured, and has now extended his stay with the Canaries until June 2022, with a Club option to extend his contract further to June 2023.
He said: “I’m delighted. It has been nice getting back on the pitch, it’s been a better start to the season than I could have hoped for after the injuries I’ve had, and I’m thankful to the Club for the faith they have put in me and hopefully I can show that on the pitch.”
Thompson first suffered a pelvic injury before rupturing his Achilles twice within the space of six months. After returning to the team at the start of the season he picked up a hamstring injury during the East Anglian derby at Portman Road, but after four games out he is back up to fitness and featured in City’s clashes with Wigan and Derby.
“It wasn’t an easy spell for the Club and for me, at the end of the day they want me on the pitch as much as I want to be on the pitch,” Thompson said. “They were really patient, got me the best care and hopefully now we can reap the rewards going into the next part of the season.”
The 23-year-old praised the support of Head Coach Daniel Farke for being patient with his recovery and showing his faith in so many young players.
He said: “It is a great time to be at the Club if you are a young player. I think Norwich are heading in the right direction and young lads are being rewarded with contracts. They are putting in the performances and the trust is there from the manager so if you are good enough you play and that is a nice motto to have. It is encouraging for players coming through.
“I didn’t play last season but I built a relationship with him [Daniel Farke] that I valued and he spoke to me and included me in things which was important so I never felt excluded. I am thankful to him for everything he has done for me. He has been really patient with me this season, he has given me the time that I needed, and he has helped me on the pitch. I am very much enjoying my time under him.”
Farke also spoke of the important role Thompson plays in the team.
“It is a sign of how much we believe in him,” said Farke. “He was out for two years and that’s a pretty long period for a player on professional football level, but he was always there with such big passion for this Club and for this group and even during his rehab he was close to the team and desperate each and every day to be together with the boys and work so hard.
“It’s totally deserved that he is in a position where he can sign a new contract because he proved in the recent weeks that he is able to play in the top level for us and it is a really good moment to show our support for him but I am also pleased that we have for the future because he is an important part of my plans.”