‘Norwich have done wonders before’ - McCallum hopes City can pull off the great escape

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 June 2020

Sam McCallum will be an interested watcher when Norwich City restart their Premier League season this week. Picture: Norwich City

Sam McCallum will be an interested watcher when Norwich City restart their Premier League season this week. Picture: Norwich City

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As Norwich City restart their Premier League campaign on Friday, Sam McCallum will be watching the Canaries with interest.

The left-back’s loan spell with Coventry City has concluded in promotion back to the Championship - with McCallum starring in Mark Robins side as they were crowned champions after the third tier season was curtailed.

Despite the 19-year-old being ineligible for selection for City’s remaining fixtures in the top-flight, he will be supporting the Canaries from the luxury of his own home.

“I can’t make any appearances for Norwich this season but I am not too bothered because it means I can get my head down and get training and prepare for pre-season to come.

“But I’ll definitely be watching the Norwich games.

The 19-year-old played a significant role in Coventry's promotion this season. Picture: Darren QuintonThe 19-year-old played a significant role in Coventry's promotion this season. Picture: Darren Quinton

“There’s still a chance to stay up and Norwich have done wonders before and I think they have got it in them to do it.”

McCallum’s move to Carrow Road was confirmed in January, with the youngster graduating from Jamie Vardy’s V9 academy which saw him earn a move to the Sky Blues.

Reflecting on his City move, McCallum still explains why he is disbelief over the progress he’s made in the last year.

“It’s been crazy and from the start of the season I could never have seen me being where I am now,” he told BBC CWR.

Norwich City loanee Sam McCallum has helped Coventry win the League One title Picture: Tim Goode/PA WireNorwich City loanee Sam McCallum has helped Coventry win the League One title Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

“From just going away on pre-season last summer to now has been really surreal. All I wanted to do was go away with the first team squad and show the staff what I could do after starting in the Under-23s squad.

“I have got everyone at Coventry to thank for my move and I am buzzing for that. They pushed me from day one, even just to get in the first team squad, let alone become a regular in the seniors.

“It would feel strange playing against Coventry next season if Norwich don’t stay up,” he said. “It would be quite emotional to be fair.”

He added: “I don’t think I’ll get the chance to say goodbye at Coventry. But I guess if Norwich do get relegated and we play Coventry next season then that will be my goodbye.”

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