Canaries' pre-season Dartford date excites McDonald

City have confirmed a pre-season friendly at Dartford in July as part of the deal which brought striker Cody McDonald to Carrow Road in the January transfer window.

City have confirmed a pre-season friendly at Dartford in July as part of the deal which brought striker Cody McDonald to Carrow Road in the January transfer window.

The Canaries will visit Princes Park on July 11 (3pm).

"I'm looking forward to going down to Princes Park," said manager Bryan Gunn.

"I've been down once before when I watched Cody play against Maidstone. It's a fantastic set-up - it was owned by the council but I believe Dartford have taken on the running of the stadium.


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"Dartford were keen to set up a pre-season match as part of the deal when Cody signed, and with him returning I'm sure we'll fill the stadium up.

"He was only at Dartford for a short time but I'm sure he made an impression with the amount of goals he scored. I know a lot of the Dartford fans and players have been in touch with him since he made his debut and scored his goal against Cardiff, so I think they'll all be looking forward to it - fortunately for us, this time he's in a yellow and green shirt.

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"It will be Cody's first pre-season in the professional game and we're working on his fitness and strength at the moment, so I'm sure when it comes to the game Dartford will see a completely different player to that which left them. One who will always have the confidence to score goals but also one who is slightly stronger and slightly quicker too."

McDonald (pictured) added: "I'm really looking forward to going back there - Dartford have a really good support and all the players keep in regular contact so I'm excited about it. I think it might be a bit odd going back but I think the fans there will make me feel quite welcome so I'm looking forward to it. If I score against them, I don't think the fans will be cheering but I don't think I'll get booed either."

Tickets are priced at �10, �5 concessions, �1 for children and will be on sale from June 1 from Dartford's ticket hotline on 01322 299 990 or 299 991.

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