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Simon Power signs new deal and joins FC Dordrecht

7 January 2019

Under-23s winger Simon Power has signed a new deal at Norwich until June 2021, with the option of a further year, and will join Dutch second-tier side FC Dordrecht on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old joined City from University College Dublin in January 2018 and has since become a key part of the Club’s Development Squad.

Speaking to from Dordrecht’s winter training camp in Spain, Power said: “I’m delighted [to sign a new deal]. I only signed an 18-month contract last year so I was under a bit of pressure to prove myself.

“I suppose I’m a bit relieved to have signed the new deal and I’m really looking forward to the future now.

“Playing at Norwich has been really different from playing university football. But it didn’t take me long to settle in. Regular football has helped me improve.

“I’ve really enjoyed living in Norwich. It has been something new for me, with it being the first time I’ve had away from my family. But I’ve made some good mates.

“I’m very thankful to everyone at the Club. I was told my physique needed to get better when I first started as I was quite skinny. But the Academy have helped me a lot and I’ve become more of an athlete now."

Power is the third City player in the space of a year to join a Dutch side on loan after Todd Cantwell’s stint at Fortuna Sittard last season and Savvas Mourgos' spell with Dordrecht, who Power is now joining.

The Irishman is excited by the prospect of playing in another country and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his City colleagues.

“Todd had a great season last year and he’s doing so well back at Norwich this year," said Power. "Savvas was doing well also, but was unfortunate to pick up that injury.

“I’m excited to learn about the Dutch way of playing. I think it can only benefit my game. The next few months should be very exciting.

“Dordrecht normally have around 4,000 fans for each home game so it will be a different but good experience to play in front of so many people.”

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