New deal for City goalkeeper

Norwich City academy manager Steve Weaver has given goalkeeper Daniel Barden a new contract. Picture

Norwich City academy manager Steve Weaver has given goalkeeper Daniel Barden a new contract. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Norwich City goalkeeper Daniel Barden has penned a new contract at the club, extending his stay until 2022.

The deal also possesses an extension for a possible year should City wish to retain his services.

Barden has spent the season on-loan with non-league outfit Bury Town, an experience which has exposed him to the rigours of senior men’s football for the first time.

“It’s brilliant to sign a new contract with the Club. It’s been a really good year for me.

“What’s going on now is a big shame, but I felt like I ended last year in a really good way, and I’m so excited to get going. I think Norwich is the best Club for me, everything from training to the games is just what I need.”

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“Bury has been massive for me. I think the loan has worked really well, getting me the experiences I need in men’s football has been good.

“Bury’s feedback to myself and Norwich has been so educating, I’ve just really enjoyed it here. Exposure to men’s football for me is huge.”

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Barden’s transition from academy football into men’s football has been long overdue, with the 19-year-old only experiencing academy football prior to his loan spell.

Despite playing for Bury Town on the weekends, Barden has continued his development with City and trains every day with the senior goalkeepers at Colney.

The Welsh under-19 international is keen to continue his development with the Canaries, and will be hoping to secure a loan move higher up the football pyramid next season.

“Going from Academy football was massive. I’ve never played non-league; I’ve always been in the Academy system since I was eight or nine. This is my first taste of playing against 20-30-year-olds, some of which are ex-pros.

“There are some really good players down there, a lot probably coming from academies themselves. You learn a lot down there, like dealing with pressure,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s massive learning that difference in the level between Academy and men’s football, the results are huge and there’s a bit more on the line. I’ve played about 30 games this season, I think, which is crazy for my development.”

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