Tom Scully says the pathway from the Academy to the First-Team gives extra motivation to all of Norwich City’s young hopefuls.
The Under-23s midfielder joined the Canaries in the summer from Everton and has been a prominent figure for the Development Squad so far this season.
He’s watched on as youth graduates Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell have made the leap to first-team football this season, and he says the work of those two, plus Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey, spurs everyone at the Academy on.
“I was saying a couple of days ago that when my trial game came about, Max Aarons was in the team. Then I came back and he was in the First-Team,” said Scully.
“It just shows all of us that there is a pathway. You don’t really find four academy graduates in a team every week.
Scully has plenty of targets for the remainder of the season as he aims to break through: “I’ll be in the gym everyday trying to get bigger and just coming in and enjoying my football.
“My strength is in my passing and keeping the ball. Vision, seeing what’s on around me [is also one of my strengths].
“I could probably work on adding more goals and assists. The main aim right now is to get bigger in the gym but obviously I would like to score more goals.”
The next logical step for Scully would be to move out on loan, but he admits that may have to wait until next season
“I’m loving it here. I’m living in the city. I’ve got a new lodger with me, Mason Bloomfield. He’s come to live with me and I love it coming here everyday and playing football.
“I think maybe next season [I can go out on loan], because this is my first season at Under-23s football.
“So that’s the plan, I’ve spoken to the coaching staff here and next year maybe is a possibility for that and it’s something I want to do.”
On Under-23s matters, Scully was impressed with how hard he and his teammates fought in the 1-1 Premier League Cup draw with Leicester City on Monday.
“We started well in the first 15 minutes. We battered them and they didn’t have a kick. But then at the end of the first-half they started to kick on.
“But then second-half, we knew what we had to do; just battle it out. They’re a good team, they’re in Division One and near the top.
“We did well to hold it out for a draw and we had some chances as well.”