Norwich City Under-18s midfielder Josh Martin has extended his contract with the Club to 2023.
Martin signed for City from Arsenal in March 2019 after a successful trial period with the Club.
From there, Martin featured often in City’s U18s side, before quickly moving up to the U23s under David Wright.
Martin went on to link-up with the U18s once more for their 3-2 win against Newcastle United at Carrow Road in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season, in which the midfielder scored a hat-trick.
Since then, Martin earnt himself a spot in the first-team training sessions, where he is now a regular.
He was first involved in Daniel Farke’s first-team squad when he was named as a substitute for our trip to Burnley in this season’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Turf Moor.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Martin said: “It feels like almost a pressure has been taken off my shoulders. It shows the club want me for the future and I’m just grateful to be a part of the first-team.
“I’m excited, it feels really good achieving one of the things I wanted to do when I first joined Norwich. I actually overachieved a bit from my first goal, as I originally wanted to get into the Under-23s and earn a new contract there.
“To have hard work recognised with a contract makes me feel valued. It lets me know I’m doing something right. Working really hard, training at home alone, eating the right things all the time, the battles mentally, it just feels like I’m doing the right thing.
“It makes me want to keep doing these things when I see I’m going in the right direction, plus it’s even better when other people see that too.”
Discussing his transition from the Under-23s to the first-team, Martin praised Head Coach Daniel Farke highly, saying he feels he thrives under his management.
“The boss is very helpful,” added Martin. “He praises me a lot, which I enjoy. He’s critical when he needs to be, because he’s a perfectionist. I try to be that way myself. He demands a lot from us, and I shine under a coach like that.
“He’s helped me a lot, I feel really comfortable. I get told where I need to improve and where I’m doing well, it’s nice to have a coach talk to you and keep you going.
“There’s been times I thought I’d trained really well but I’ve not been in the squad, but the boss speaks to me and reassures me, tells me that day is coming if I keep doing as well as I am. Football is very tough mentally, so to have a coach that builds you up is good to have.”
Daniel Farke speaks highly of Martin, and was quick to elaborate on the 18-year-old's footballing qualities.
“I am really happy that Josh has signed a new contract," he said.
“He is full of potential. He has technical and dribbling skills, makes key passes and can provide many assists and score. He’s also a very brave player with that special bit of creativity that you can’t learn.
“He has developed a lot during his time with us and it was no coincidence and not a gift that he was for already in the squad for our cup game at Burnley. Of course, he needs to develop and improve further on, but we will give him the time and are convinced that he can take the next steps with us.”