City new boy reveals he has work to do to impress Farke
PUBLISHED: 10:12 01 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:12 01 February 2020
JASON DAWSON ©Jason Dawson
Norwich City’s deadline day signing Sam McCallum returned to Coventry City with homework from Daniel Farke.
The 19-year-old left-back sealed a Carrow Road move on Friday, after agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
McCallum was touted with the likes of Liverpool following a breakthrough season at the Sky Blues, who he swiftly re-joined for the League One promotion push under Mark Robins.
The defender admits he has a lot of hard work ahead, and aims to take Farke's advice to heart over these coming months.
"The boss has said there are things to work on and I'm still not the finished article," he said. "I won't be for a long time, but I need to keep doing what I'm doing because that's what he likes and what the club likes.
"I've watched Max (Aarons), Jamal (Lewis) and Sam (Byram) when they've been on television and in a few other games. I feel like I can do the job that they do at the moment."
McCallum was featuring for Herne Bay in non league and got his big break as part of the Jamie Vardy academy, which gives young players a shot at the professional ranks.
"I got picked up from there in showcase games. Coventry came to see me and liked how I played," he said, speaking to the Canaries' official site. "It was a massive step up. Coventry had just been promoted from League Two to League One. Even League Two would have been a big step for me, coming from the eighth tier. That was a massive step for me.
"It's a bit more common nowadays to see non-league players in the Football League. We saw Jamie Vardy come through and I'd like to aspire to be like him, as well as the others who have come through non-league."
McCallum's arrival followed on from Melvin Sitti's move from France earlier in the week, before another swift loan exit to previous club Sochaux. When they both return in the summer they will have to convince Farke they are ready for whatever challenge lies ahead.
"We'll open the door and give them all the tools and then it's up to them how far they can come," he said. "There was lots of interest in Sam and Melvin but they were willing to sign for us and believe in our way."
"We have spoken a lot about our whole strategy. In the short term focusing on the success of the team we brought in Lukas and Ondrej. The other topic is to work on the future of our club. You are always searching for some good options, that is our way to develop young players.
"Sam is fantastic. He has done a really good job at Coventry.
"He is young, a left full back, which is not easy to find. A great character and a homegrown player. I am not so tempted to speak about his strengths or perhaps about the topics he has to improve. It is now upto him."