Norwich City’s short Premier League break has come at the perfect time for Kei Kamara, as the on-loan striker beds into life at Carrow Road.

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The 28-year-old Sierra Leone star made an impact on his debut, given it amounted to little more than the final seven minutes and was arguably assisted by Saturday’s lacklustre contest with Fulham.

It also came after just two days of training with his new team-mates, with his feet barely touching the ground since his arrival in the UK from New York a day earlier.

So with the Canaries’ shock FA Cup exit to Luton offering a free weekend and a four-day trip to Abu Dhabi for warm weather training, Kamara can not only get to work on progressing beyond his MLS pre-season fitness programme – but also cementing his place among Chris Hughton’s squad.

“It’s a great time for the break; it gives me a chance to work my way into the team and work my way in with the guys, and really try to learn a lot more,” said the Sporting Kansas City star.

“It is just the perfect situation for me and all I have got to do is just keep working hard, and that is what I always do. I believe that if I can show the coach that and what I can do, he is definitely going to give me my chance.”

He added: “All I knew about Norwich was that the jersey was yellow. Obviously I didn’t know much, but I watch the Premier League a lot so I know a lot more about the coach and a few of the players than actually knowing about the team.

“And definitely when the move was something that came up, I’m a guy that is just glued to my computer so I started looking up everything I could just trying to learn as much as I could before I got here.”

Kamara’s loan stay is scheduled to run until the end of the season – something that may be extended if he proves himself in the Premier League. If not, few in Kansas would be disappointed to see him return.

However, for the remaining dozen fixtures there will be no player more determined to make their mark for City.

“A lot of people were asking, are you here to stay?” said Kamara. “But at the same time I belong to Sporting Kansas City. I’m here for a loan. I’m here to play a certain amount of games.

“But I’m not coming here to say ‘OK I’m just going to hang about around here’. I’m coming here to make a statement for myself, that I can do this.

“Players that I’ve watched a lot on television, I feel myself that I can play among them. So I’ll just have to wait until after all those games to decide what I want to do.”

And part of making his mark will come from scoring goals – something Kamara is confident he can bring to City.

“Yes I am a man that can score some goals, but also it’s just work rate,” he added. “Coming into a team like this you see everybody working so hard. Looking at Wes (Hoolahan) and (Robert) Snodgrass and all those guys, they work so hard on the field you just want to contribute.

“And obviously if you can work as hard as them, it helps out and the goals are going to come easily.”

For Kamara, goals mean celebrations – including his little number of making a heart shape with his hands: “Yes, hopefully I will get some goals and then I can bring that one out. ‘Heart-shaped hands’ is what they call me back in the US. Why? It’s a story that’s not been told yet so I can’t spill it out now.”

There is one thing the striker has already given Norwich so far: a new supporter base in his old US stamping ground.

“They have a new supporters’ club for Norwich over there; it’s already there,” beamed Kamara. “They were great out in Kansas. I was shocked to see how many positive messages I was getting when I was leaving, wishing me good luck and they were tuning in (on Saturday) watching the game, so it’s great.”

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22 comments

  • lose to Luton, one of the most embarrassing defeats in recent times and get rewarded with a holiday to Abu Dhabi..i am sure lesson learnt

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    AC Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • As Ma Gump said, "Stupid is as stupid does"

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Posted Earlier.......Does any one realise that IF city had beaten Luton, The boys would be running around at Colney today in this lovely February weather, preparing for the next round of the Cup. They lost and as punishment for that loss, they are having to endure the heat of the Gulf, and the odd swim in those warm waters. Could that be ughtons Plan B?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • why are people stupid enough to believe this is a holiday?

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I saw that on the other board, Stew. It does seem paradoxical to reward failure with a week away from the British weather. Of course, it also gives Kei and the shadowy image consultants a chance to explore the Middle East market for sales opportunities of KK`s image rights. The planned cinematic vehicle is a remake of "Lawrence of Arabia", co-starring Bewilderwood as a talking camel.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I think youv'e cottoned on wisemanthree----It's a Bird, but she already has a mate,probably called Chris.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Just what he needs to settle in - a new time zone!!

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Steady On has had an irreversible irony bypass, or was born that way. Sad. But at least he`s(?) probably happy. Bless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I love you Steady On. Will you go out with me?

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Oh, and hopefully the 'horse' hasn't ended up in someone's processed beef lasagne. Or perhaps that is where all the goals have gone.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Plus the healthy cuisine, wm3. Chips, horseburgers, `donuts`, pizzas and JDWetherspoon`s all-day giant breakfast. I think sending them to UAE as a punishment was more than a little cruel.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Accoding to Fortune Magazine, Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world. Has McNally gone with them to put out his hat?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Some of the weird rambling views and half "jokes" on here. Jesus...

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • MB - you old cynic. But you might just have hit on something there. Why have scouts when you can use your marketing people!! Next owner coming in from Kansas?

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    shefcanary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Special K seems to have livened up the place big time and is on holiday as soon as arrives. I hope he hasn't slipped Johnny a happy pill just before the picture was taken.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Shefcanary, cynical, moi?! In a word, yes!! ;-) Btw, the holiday is in Abu Dhabi. Mea culpa - Anagram: Abu Dhabi! = Bah Dubai!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I'd love to go on a holiday with you, Steady On

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Btw, Jonny H looks a bit like Alfred E. Newman from the cover of "Mad" magazine in that photo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Everything looks good for Kei just now. A chance to play in the Prem & boost his marketability\image rights. 7 minutes football, followed by a holiday in Dubai. Is this guy the new David Beckham? I really hope his performances match the hype. What was that American Marketing organisation we recently did a deal with?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Harry Ramsden has missed out on a prime opportunity.

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • If he scores enough goals for us and celebrates like Jacko (Michael, not Simeon) we could build a statue of him outside the ground. Like Fulham :)

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    troublesome1

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Personally I would have liked the lads to have had a day break in Yarmouth. Team building exercises over 2p machines and navigating through the chav-mobiles tearing up and down the 'strip'. Now THAT'S team building!

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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