Francomb and Dawkin join pro ranks

PUBLISHED: 17:57 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:23 10 September 2010

Youngsters George Francomb and Josh Dawkin have signed one-year professional contracts with Norwich City.

Right-back Francomb, 18, made his senior debut in October last year in the 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium.

Youngsters George Francomb and Josh Dawkin have signed one-year professional contracts with Norwich City.

Right-back Francomb, 18, made his senior debut in October last year in the 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium. He followed that up four days later with his League One debut, again a 1-0 away win, at Carlisle.

In his third senior appearance, a 1-0 win at home to Swindon Town, he suffered a hamstring injury.

Forward Dawkin, 18, also made his senior debut in the Trophy victory at Gillingham, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Paul McVeigh. In the next round of the competition at Swindon, he made his full debut as City enjoyed a penalty shoot-out victory after a 0-0 draw.

The Huntingdon-born wide-man also came on in the FA Cup second round defeat at Carlisle.

Dawkin has been capped at under-17 and under-19 level for Wales.

Francomb told the club's official website: “I'm over the moon signing for Norwich. I've really enjoyed playing here over the last two years and I'm really glad I've got this first pro contract and I've now got to work hard and try and get my next one. I'll be continuing to work really hard to try and push into the first team squad.”

After playing in front of nearly 25,000 at Carrow Road against Swindon, Francomb is keen repeat the experience.

“It was the most unbelievable feeling, probably the best day of my life so far,” he said. “I'm hungry for more experiences like that one.”

Dawkin said: “I'm absolutely delighted and really looking forward to starting my first season as a professional. I'll be aiming as high as possible and be looking to get around the first team squad.

“It was a brilliant feeling, my first taste of being in the first team and I hope I can keep that going with some more appearances this season.”

Manager Paul Lambert said: “They've earned the right to be given a chance to go and enhance their career. Hopefully they'll learn and take the opportunity to move up the career ladder. They deserve this opportunity and we'll have a look at them.”

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