Luke Daley first in Lambert's Norwich masterplan
Norwich boss Paul Lambert revealed Luke Daley's new contract is the first part of his masterplan to tie down the club's best young talent.The teenage forward has signed a fresh deal until June 2012 - with the club building in an option for a further year if the 19-year-old can successfully establish himself in the club's senior ranks.
Norwich boss Paul Lambert revealed Luke Daley's new contract is the first part of his masterplan to tie down the club's best young talent.
The teenage forward has signed a fresh deal until June 2012 - with the club building in an option for a further year if the 19-year-old can successfully establish himself in the club's senior ranks.
Daley has battled back from a niggling pre-season thigh injury to make eight first team appearances following Lambert's early season arrival at Carrow Road.
"Luke's worked very hard and done really, really well for us," said Lambert. "He's one of a number of young players coming through that we are hoping will follow suit and commit to new deals with the club.
"Luke has a lot more developing and learning still to do but he's made a great start to his career and really does have a lot of potential if he sticks at it. I'm delighted he has signed up until at least 2012."
Daley was keen to sort out his short term future with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
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"I knew I had to work hard," he told the club's official site. "I've been putting the work in during training and got some starts, made a few appearances and impressed the boss and I'm grateful I've been given a second pro contract. I made a few appearances last season but then unfortunately had the injury which kept me out and maybe let a few others get ahead of me. But I just kept on working hard and got myself back to full fitness and back in amongst it again."
Daley admits City's emerging crop of talented youngsters are thriving on the early first team exposure.
"It's good," he said. "We all get on well and we've known each other for a long time now having gone through scholarship together as well, so it's really good to be playing with those boys in the first team and it's all really good experience.
"Now my objective is fixing myself into a permanent position in the starting eleven. It's good to be in and around the squad but I just want to keep developing and bettering myself as a player."