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Grant Hanley features in Academy Q&A

9 July 2020

Norwich City Academy were given their fourth talk from a player on Tuesday afternoon, when first-team captain Grant Hanley joined the lads in an online call.

Becoming the fourth player to do so after the likes of Grant Holt, Jeremy Goss and teammate Jamal Lewis, the City centre-half gave over 45 minutes of his time to the players.

Speaking on how he started his career in the sport, before discussing the trials and tribulations on the way, Hanley provided yet another perspective to the lads of what a journey in football may look like.

After the talk, the City skipper opened up the floor to the players to get their questions in, with nearly every player getting a question to the centre-half.

Asked on a large variety of aspects in his career, both past and present, Hanley detailed more on elements such as his leadership, training, nutrition and how he deals with injury.

Speaking on his injury to the players, he said: "I was devastated, because your initial reaction is frustration. For me, I had two surgeries earlier on this season and finally got myself back in the team. I went on to play ten or eleven games in a row where I felt like I was almost back where I wanted to be, nearly reaching peak form.

"We then had the lockdown and during that I'd done everything I possibly could to stay fit and go straight back in when it started again. Initially the thought is that work was for nothing, but that's football and it happens."


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