Daley wants more first team service

David Cuffley Teenager Luke Daley has had his first taste of senior football with Norwich City - and he's hungry for more.The 19-year-old - who scored a hat-trick for the reserves against a strong Arsenal side last November - made his senior debut with 12 minutes remaining of Saturday's Championship home draw with Burnley.

David Cuffley

Teenager Luke Daley has had his first taste of senior football with Norwich City - and he's hungry for more.

The 19-year-old - who scored a hat-trick for the reserves against a strong Arsenal side last November - made his senior debut with 12 minutes remaining of Saturday's Championship home draw with Burnley.

“I've got to keep on going now, keep working hard in training, keep getting in the squad and keep getting on the bench and then try and keep pressing from there,” he said. “It's really going to push me on now so I've got to keep going.


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“It was really good and I was very excited. I only found out today when I came in that I'd be on the bench and that was exciting enough for me and as soon as I got told to go and warm up it made me feel really good.”

Such was the surprise that Daley didn't have too much time to alert friends and family.“I told my family I was in the squad when the list went up on Friday but I didn't have any indication I'd be on the bench so I didn't get any calls out to my family to let them know in time,” said the Northampton-born striker.

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Initial nerves soon evaporated, with Daley getting advice from senior figures on the bench - and then encouraging words from Jamie Cureton, who made way for him on 78 minutes.“I was a little bit nervous but I managed to stay calm, and I got some good advice from others on the bench and had a good run out,” said Daley. “He (Cureton) just said to do what I normally do, stay calm and just have a good game.”

City manager Bryan Gunn had promised that if the young players were good enough they were old enough and although he admitted Daley didn't get as many touches of the ball as he'd hoped, the experience was sufficient for a player who has scored four times in 12 Academy appearances this season. “I was just happy enough to get on the pitch in the first place,” he said. “We've got a good team here. We need to keep playing and taking each game as it comes. We know what we're capable of doing and we need to keep on going and look forward to a win next weekend.”

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