Godfrey’s pride at wearing Canaries armband
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The opportunity to captain any side is a prestigious moment for any player - but for Ben Godfrey, being handed the Norwich City armband was one of the proudest moments of his career.
The 22-year-old led the Canaries out in their defeats against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa earlier this season, but is keen to cherish the lessons learnt from taking a more senior role in the side.
Reflecting on his experience of captaining City, Godfrey said: “Captaining Norwich in the games that I did was a big moment. It’s definitely one of the proudest moments of my career.
“Not many people get the opportunity to captain a Premier League team at 21 years old, so it’s something that I’m thankful for.
“I enjoyed having that responsibility and it was nice.”
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Godfrey has profited from Daniel Farke’s trust in young talent, with the defender one of four academy graduates to feature for City in the Premier League on a consistent basis this season.
A significant part of Godfrey’s development was his experience in the lower leagues, firstly with York City as a youngster, but mainly with a productive loan spell with Shrewsbury Town during the 2017/18 season.
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“I was lucky enough to have those steep learning curves at 16 and 17 whereas some boys have to try and get a loan at 20 or 21 to experience those things,” he said.
“It definitely helped me as a player and as a person as well. The style and the quality is much better in the Premier League, but I still use some of the things I learned back then in my game today.”
City’s central defender was speaking on RisingBallers Instagram page, where he took numerous questions from supporters on a vast range of subjects including his advice to young, budding footballers as well as his toughest opponent to date this season.
Explaining how he retains his motivation as a professional footballer, Godfrey cites his family as integral to keeping him grounded.
“I’ve got my own goals that I’m trying to achieve but I would say, more so, my friends and family,” he said.
“There’s no better feeling than seeing your family at games just buzzing for you. Making them proud is a massive motivator for me.”