Norwich City are delighted to announce that Under-18s players Tom Dickson-Peters and Tyrese Omotoye have signed their first professional contracts with the club.
The two 17-year olds have both been at the club for several years and progressed through the Club's Academy, where they both now play in the U18s.
Dickson-Peters made 13 competitive appearances for the U18s last season, scoring five times. Impressive, but his recent form forecasts an even better season than last, netting four goals in six games already. Dickson-Peters has also played a game for the U23s this season, featuring in the EFL Trophy.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Dickson-Peters said: “It’s a really great feeling, I’m honoured to be given the chance to sign the contract up. I’m very happy being given the opportunity at the club.
"It’s great to see all the players in the first team coming in from the academy, as a young player it’s inspiring and great to see where you could end up, and hopefully where I end up.”
As well as featuring for the U18s and U23s, Dickson-Peters has represented Scotland on an international level, scoring twice in eleven appearances. Speaking on this privilege, he said it isn’t something he takes lightly.
“It’s honouring, putting on the shirt for your country. I don’t take it for granted because not many people get to do that, it’s really good on-field experience too, getting to play extra games.”
Signing a professional contract is a huge milestone for every footballer, especially at such a young age. Looking back on his years of hard work, there isn’t much that the striker would change, apart from living in the moment a bit more.
“Looking back, the only advice I’d give myself is to just work hard and be happy. Every day playing football, it’s such a great opportunity that you can’t take for granted.”
Turning attention to Omotoye, this prospect is just as exciting. The forward made 19 competitive appearances for the U18s last season, scoring three and assisting two goals. So far in the current season, Omotoye has made five appearances, assisting one.
Also speaking to canaries.co.uk, Omotoye spoke fondly of his new contract.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get to play more football, it’s a great sign that my hard work pays off and there’s more to come in my career starting with this.
"You look at the first team pitch when training, seeing players like Todd [Cantwell], Max [Aarons] and Ben [Godfrey], it really gives you hope and lets you know you might end up playing there.”
Only eleven players can be on that pitch for the team, and Omotoye works hard to be one of them, speaking on his regular place in the Academy line-ups, he said:
“I feel like I’ve earned it. Everyday you’ve got to work hard for your place in the squad, so I’m very happy knowing that my hard work has paid off and is being shown.
“Making it into the U18s line-ups is just the start, I want to progress through to the U23s, and then make it into the first-team. That’s my main goal, above all else. Right now, I’m really focusing on improving every day so I can be the best player possible. I’m motivated by the thought of getting into that first-team squad.”
It’s clear that Omotoye is proud of where his career stands, putting it down to years of hard work. When asked if he’d change any single aspect of his journey, his answer was clear.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. I think I’ve worked really hard to be where I am, and I know I’m on the right path to be where I want to be in my career.”
Both Dickson-Peters and Omotoye will continue their development with the U18s whilst under their new contracts.