Released striker signs for French club Lens after Canaries exit

Pierre Fonkeu left Norwich City at the end of last season but has now signed for Lens Picture: Ian Burt

Pierre Fonkeu left Norwich City at the end of last season but has now signed for Lens Picture: Ian Burt

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Belgian striker Pierre Fonkeu has found a new club following the end of his time with Norwich City.

The 21-year-old has joined French second tier side Racing Club Lens and will initially join up with their second team in the fourth tier, who play in Group D of Championnat National 2.

Fonkeu joined Norwich after a pre-season trial in 2017, having left Club Brugge, and scored three goals in 23 games for the under-23s during his first season.

His second campaign was largely hindered by injury though, scoring during one of his two performances towards the end of the season, in a 4-1 loss at Southampton in premier League Two.

Lens is a city in northern France close to the Belgian border, with RC Lens giving many well known players their start in the game, including Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane and Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.

Fonkeu was among eight academy players which City announced would not be getting new contracts last month, alongside fellow U23 striker Tristan Abrahams.

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