Impressed with the success of the Academy this year

PUBLISHED: 01:02 18 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:35 14 October 2010

Danny Sands, NCISA

I wanted to acknowledge that I've been very impressed with not only the way Paul Lambert has instilled confidence into the first team squad in the same attacking manner we won the First Division title, but also with the impressive start the Academy have had to their season.

I wanted to acknowledge that I've been very impressed with not only the way Paul Lambert has instilled confidence into the first team squad in the same attacking manner we won the First Division title, but also with the impressive start the Academy have had to their season.

The season didn't bode well when the Academy's main striker Patrick Drmola received a serious injury which could sideline him for the season. We wish him every success in his recovery.

Ricky Martin drafted in Jamar Loza, a first year scholar, to replace him and he has scored on a regular basis since to help the Academy team hit four goals in their last three games to go top of the Premier Under 18s Academy.

This has also been achieved by the help of George Francomb, Josh Dawkin and Jed Steer who have now been signed on professional contracts which augurs well for the future.

We now have a manager in Lambert who, alongside Ian Culverhouse, Gary Karsa, Gary Holt and Neil Adams, believes in the Academy system and would have no hesitation in bringing these players into the first team squad when required - as has been shown at his previous clubs, Colchester and Wycombe, where he had great success in bringing through there Academy players.

Against Barnsley he played Declan Rudd, who is a more than capable deputy to John Ruddy and Korey Smith, with whom NCISA voted the young player of the year just ahead of Chris Martin last year.

They have both performed admirably again and in so doing has made the squad so much stronger because it has kept players of the quality of Stephen Hughes and Simeon Jackson on the bench.

Having been a regular follower of the Academy at Colney I can appreciate all the hard work which is going on behind the scenes to bring the next generation of future stars to the club.

This is why I am giving my full backing to the new initiative of the Academy Jackpot where by not only you may win £20,000 but you are also securing the future success of the Academy, because all the money raised will go straight back into the Academy system and therefore will help generate the next influx of stars to grace the Carrow Road turf.

In future years you could see all our squad coming through the Academy and also making the club millions in the process like in past years when the club raised millions by selling the likes of Bellamy, Eadie, O'Neil, Fox, Gordon, Sutton and Green.

ON THE BALL CITY: Just a reminder that the NCISA AGM will be held at Carrow Road in the Top Of The City (previously called the Business) on Thursday 23rd September at 7.30pm with an opportunity afterwards to questioned chief executive David McNally and club director Michael Foulger. Non-members can join on the night. Members attending the AGM will have the opportunity of being photographed with the League One Cup

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