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Abu Kamara: I would like to push on and potentially get a debut with the first team

Abu Kamara says his goals are to push forward for a first team debut this season after he put pen to paper on his second professional contract at the club.

The young striker scored ten goals last season across the under-18s and under-23s teams and signed his first professional contract with the club in January 2021.

However, after a productive start to the new campaign, which has seen him net six goals in seven games, he has been rewarded with a new deal and he wants to push on from there.

“Words can’t even describe how I feel at the moment,” said Abu. “It has been such a short space of time since I got offered my first pro contract and for me the second contract is just very rewarding for me and my family.

“I am very happy (with my current form). I'm already over halfway through what I got last season in terms of goals scored. So, really and truly, I am just trying to smash that bar that I set last season and I would like to push on and potentially get a debut with the first team.

“Through training and working hard I want to get my stats up in matches, to get more goals and more assists and be more productive, and then hopefully that will lead me to where I want to be.”

Abu was not always a striker though. He joined Norwich City’s academy at under-11s level but was played in a defensive midfield role before he had a chat with the club’s head of football development, Steve Weaver.

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“One pre-season I had a chat with Steve,” explained Abu. “He came up to me and said ‘how do you like the role of a striker, getting in behind’ and I said ‘yeah, I will try it out’ and from there it has been a perfect fit really. So I am thankful for that.

“It is good, working with people like Steve, Greg Crane, Alan Neilson and Joe Shulberg. Every day I come in and they keep telling me ‘work with intensity’ and that is what I have been doing. Even in little things like finishing, they say ‘treat it like it is a matchday and then you will get better and better’ and that is what I have been doing.

“To progress through the ranks at Norwich City means a lot to me because they took me on board when no other team would and they have just treated me like family. I really appreciate that from them.”

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