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City’s successful Academy discussed in first "Hub Talk"

28 January 2020

Norwich City hosted its first "Hub Talk" at the Norwich City Fan Hub on Tuesday evening, with a handful of guests discussing the Club’s successful Academy.

The event, hosted by City legend Darren Eadie, welcomed Academy Manager Steve Weaver, graduate Adam Idah, Under-18s forward Josh Martin and Head of Performance Jay Eastoe-Smith to the stage to discuss the academy’s progression and its prolific output of first-team players.

Eastoe-Smith told why he was so pleased with the event: “It’s great for the fans to come and see and hear players and staff talking about their experiences. To have it hosted by Darren is brilliant because he’s been through the academy process.

“Transparency from the football club, since Stuart Webber and Steve have been involved, has become more and more a part of our work because it’s important for fans to be able to engage. Without it, they can’t understand our processes. It’s great for the young lads to speak about their situation so honestly as well, so it’s a win-win situation.”

City’s academy really made a name for itself when the likes of Todd Cantwell, Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis nailed down regular spots in Daniel Farke’s first-team, but Idah’s hat-trick at Preston North End in the FA Cup was a reminder of the talent it can produce.

“A lot of people turned up and it was a really good experience for myself and Josh to chat with Darren,” Idah said, discussing the HubTalk. “I look back on my time at the academy positively because I wouldn’t be where I am without it. I’m very thankful and I’m sure Josh is the same. The academy gives you the motivation to push on to the first team.”

Steve Weaver gave his view on the night and commented on his pride in seeing academy graduates go on to have successful careers.

“It was a little bit different and the feedback was good,” he said. “The people who were here enjoyed it and we were able to give them a bit more information about the academy and the role it plays in the club. If you work in development, it’s all about seeing where your players get to.

“We only play a small part because it’s more about the players and we help them along the way. Those who have got in the first team have taken the little bits we’ve given them, but it’s about them. They run with it and their careers are a credit to them. We don’t like to take credit for it.”

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