'He is ready for first team football' - Exeter sign Canaries striker Abrahams on loan
PUBLISHED: 15:21 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 03 July 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
Exeter City have signed Norwich U23s striker Tristan Abrahams on a season-long loan.
The 19-year-old will spend the campaign with the League Two side, having scored nine goals in 27 games for City’s development squad last season.
The powerful striker was signed from Leyton Orient in the summer of 2017 having scored two goals in nine appearances in the fourth tier for Leyton Orient as an 18-year-old.
Exeter finished fourth to narrowly miss out on automatic promotion last season and were then beaten 3-1 by Coventry at Wembley in the League Two play-off final.
That led to long-serving boss Paul Tisdale leaving St James Park after 12 years in charge and U23s boss Matt Taylor taking over, who turned to a former Grecians player to recruit Abrahams – Canaries U23 boss Matt Gill, who made over 150 appearances for Exeter as a player.
“He will work his socks off and he has a good personality for a young lad in terms of his work rate and he is a good character,” Taylor told Exeter’s website. “The recommendations and the footage we have watched have been excellent.
“Matt Gill played a part in him coming here. He’s part of Matt’s under-23s group at Norwich and he is ready for first team football. He complements the other centre forwards that we have at the club in terms of Jayden Stockley, Matt Jay, Jonathan Forte and now Tristan. I’m delighted to have four real good options at the top of the pitch.
“The experience that he had at Leyton Orient got him his move to Norwich, so he was excelling in League Two 18 months ago as a young kid. Now, 18 months on, he is physically and technically a better player.
“Norwich have worked on him, developed him, and we’ll do exactly the same. He is here to develop and improve and really invest in the club and invest in his own development. If we can develop him as a player then he is going to be a real handful.”
Abrahams becomes the fourth Canaries youngster to head out on a season-long loans so far during the current transfer window, with tricky forward Diallang Jaiyesimi also in League Two with Yeovil.