Norwich City Academy were joined by their third guest in three weeks when Club ambassador and 1990’s hall of famer Jeremy Goss gave them a talk last week.
After Grant Holt’s career talk and Jamal Lewis’ Q&A, Goss told the Academy players in attendance (through a video call) his footballing story through the 80s and 90s.
Goss told the players of his uphill battle to make it as a professional footballer, recalling times in his career it seemed impossible. These stories ranged from being told by two clubs he would never make it as a pro, running marathons at 14 just to try raise his fitness, and playing over 500 reserve games before making his first-team debut.
Identifying with the players, the City legend acknowledged struggles that the players might go through at different stages of their career, such as being judged daily or giving their maximum but still not performing well. In response to this, Goss said: "The harder the route, the better the destination.”
Much like Holt and Lewis’ talks, Goss gave the players advice on how to further themselves both personally and on the pitch. He challenged them by asking how history will remember them, and to test themselves to learn more about who they are.
After this inspirational talk, Goss opened the floor up to the players, giving them time to ask him further questions on his career or his advice in a particular situation, a chance the players took full advantage of.