Canaries striker joins National League promotion hopefuls on loan

PUBLISHED: 17:12 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:52 19 March 2019

Anthony Spyrou in action for Norwich City U23s against Borussia Dortmund U23s in pre-season last summer 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Anthony Spyrou in action for Norwich City U23s against Borussia Dortmund U23s in pre-season last summer Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City striker Anthony Spyrou is heading out for his first loan spell, to bolster the promotion challenge of National League club Wrexham.

The 19-year-old is able to join the non-league side on a youth loan until the end of the season outside of the transfer window which restricts Football League clubs, subject to the relevant paperwork and approval from governing bodies being secured.

The Essex-raised forward was a key part of the U18 squad which reached the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals last season and has scored 10 goals in 21 games for the U23s this season.

Spyrou was nominated for the Premier League Two Player of the Month award for January after four goals in four games but recently returned from a short injury absence, coming off the bench to help the U23s comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Stoke last week, winning a penalty as Adam Idah scored a brace.

Wrexham sit third in the National League, the top tier of non-league, a point behind leaders Leyton Orient with seven games still to play. Spyrou will train with his new team-mates this week ahead of a trip to mid-table Hartlepool on Saturday.

The Welsh side’s manager, Bryan Hughes, told his club’s website: “Anthony is a highly rated youngster who has come up through the ranks at Norwich putting in some very impressive performances along the way.

“We are looking forward to him joining in with the squad and helping us during the last seven games of the season.”

Spyrou was recently among a clutch of academy youngsters to sign a new contract until 2020, having signed his first professional deal last summer.

The tall youngster has enjoyed a positive season, as he continues to adjust from playing as a winger when he was younger, on the advice of City’s academy manager Steve Weaver.

Anthony Spyrou in friendly action against Dereham Town for Norwich City U23s earlier this season Picture: Ian BurtAnthony Spyrou in friendly action against Dereham Town for Norwich City U23s earlier this season Picture: Ian Burt

The Canaries’ sporting director, Stuart Webber, is from Wales and began his coaching and recruitment work at Wrexham before joining Liverpool’s academy in 2009.

Meanwhile, Weaver was at Wrexham for 20 years, mostly with the club’s youth set-up and latterly as first-team assistant manager, until 2008, working with Webber again at Wolves and Huddersfield before joining him at Norwich in September 2017.

The Dragons were relegated from League Two in 2008 and are yet to return, despite making the play-offs in 2011, 2012 and losing in the 2013 final, winning the FA Trophy in 2013 but being beaten in the final at Wembley when making the final again in 2015.

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