Canaries loanee relieved to open his account for Dunfermline with first senior goal

Josh Coley was on target for Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Josh Coley was on target for Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City winger Josh Coley felt relieved to score his first goal for Dunfermline during the early stages of his loan spell.

The 21-year-old scored his first goal in senior football when he scored Athletic's second during a 4-0 win over lower-level East Kilbride in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday.

"I was just arriving in and saw my chance to take it. It just sat perfectly to get myself off the mark," Coley said of his goal, having turned in a cross from the right from around 10 yards with a right-footed strike.

"Last year I only scored one goal and that came in April. In every game I was getting closer and closer. I was hitting the post or hitting the bar, so to score so early in the season is a burden taken off your shoulders."

Coley was signed from non-league Baldock by City last summer and scored once in 28 games for the U23s.

Speaking to Dunfermline's website, he added: "We did a lot of finishing at Norwich and they tell you to find corners rather than go for power. The ball came in with pace from Kevin and I just had to guide it in there."

Canaries U23 team-mate Jon McCracken advised Coley to head to Dunfermline, having come through the youth system of Hamilton Academical himself.

He continued: "Last January when I found out that I was going out on loan somewhere, there were numerous options from Holland, Sweden and everywhere. Jon told me to get in touch with my agent because the Scottish Championship would be good, just to go out and express my football.

"Under-23s football is good to learn, it helped me come into the professional game last year but now it is time to step up and play men's football here.

"When I was placed on the football market, the club was the most appealing club for me based on them wanting to play young players and play exciting football.

"Obviously it is a long long way away from home but I am really enjoying it at the minute. The boys and the gaffer have made me feel so comfortable making the transition from England to Scotland."

- Dunfermline's opening Championship fixture at home to Dundee (7.05pm kick-off) is being screened live on BBC Scotland on Friday.

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