Renton faces another fight
Striker Kris Renton insists he cannot afford to dwell on the past as he seeks to rebuild his football career after his exit from Norwich City. The 19-year-old Scot's contract with the Canaries was cancelled by mutual consent last week - and he finds himself without a club after Scottish Division Two side Brechin City, with whom he spent the first half of the season on loan, decided not to keep him on.
Striker Kris Renton insists he cannot afford to dwell on the past as he seeks to rebuild his football career after his exit from Norwich City.
The 19-year-old Scot's contract with the Canaries was cancelled by mutual consent last week - and he finds himself without a club after Scottish Division Two side Brechin City, with whom he spent the first half of the season on loan, decided not to keep him on.
Renton, who made history in 2007 as the youngest player to appear in Norwich's first team, is now back home in Musselburgh, trying to find a way back into the professional game.
He said: “I haven't got a team at the moment but I will be going on trial with a few teams. They don't want to take anyone on at the moment but they will be able to at the end of the season.”
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Renton's record-breaking debut came as a substitute in a 2-1 win at Leicester in April, 2007, at the age of 16 years and 276 days. But he made only two more appearances for Peter Grant's team before he suffered a devastating injury - a displaced fracture of the tibia and fibula - during an Academy match away to Chelsea six months later.
Grant's successor, Glenn Roeder, gave Renton a professional contract in the summer of 2008 and he spent time on loan at King's Lynn last season before joining Brechin, managed by former City assistant boss Jim Duffy, in September last year.
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But he started just two games, making a further nine appearances as substitute, and failed to score. He was one of three players released by the Scottish club at the start of the January window.
“At Brechin, to be fair, the two strikers already in before I came were two of the highest scorers in the league so I didn't really get a fair chance - just 15 minutes here and there when I needed more,” said Renton.
“Jim Duffy told me it was not my fault, just that the other strikers were doing so well.”
Though he had a contract with City until the end of this season, Renton said he could see no way into the first team at Carrow Road.
“There was no real opportunity at Norwich with the team doing so well. I just didn't see myself doing well there. I have not felt as confident since my injury,” he said.
Renton had scored five times in three Academy games immediately before breaking his left leg.
“I was flying at the time when it happened and it just hit my confidence,” he said.
“It has also affected my mobility but I am working on that, to get that back to fitness. The more games I play, the more football I get, the better it will be.”
He does not believe making his first team debut at 16 placed any added expectation on his shoulders.
“No, I don't think that was an issue,” he said. “But for the injury, I think I would be doing well enough and I would be in and around the squad at Norwich. But I must not dwell on that.”
While he looks for a fresh start, Renton is still aiming to keep in shape.
“My brother is playing for a junior team here so I am training with them to keep myself fit,” he said.