Young Norwich City striker Jamar Loza has signed a new two-year contract with the Canaries.

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The 20-year-old Jamaica international impressed as a substitute during City’s final match of last season, a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Carrow Road, and looks likely to be involved with Neil Adams’ first-team squad in the Championship next season.

“I’m over the moon that I’m signing a new two-year contract,” Loza said. “This club has done so much for me, not just on the pitch but off the pitch too, they’ve helped me out a lot.

“It’s going to be a busy season in the Championship, so hopefully I can play a few games, impress the boss and get into the team – that’s the plan.”

The tricky attacker went out on loan three times last season. A brief spell in League One with Coventry City saw Loza make just one appearance as a substitute before heading home to Norfolk.

He then returned to League One in January with promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient, making his first senior start and two appearances as a substitute.

Loza then enjoyed a more successful spell with Southend United in League Two, starting and scoring on his debut. Five games later, playing alongside fellow City loan youngster Jacob Murphy, Loza was brought back to Carrow Road by Adams.

He was then brought on as a 58th-minute substitute against Arsenal and looked a lively prospect.

“It was a good season for me last year, going out on loan and doing well before playing against Arsenal and then playing for my country,” Loza added, speaking to www.canaries.co.uk.

“I’ve known Neil a long time, he was my manager at Under-18s level, and we’ve always had a good relationship so hopefully that will continue.”

City manager Neil Adams added: “We’re delighted with how well Jamar’s first year as a professional went, especially his debut against Arsenal, so he fully deserves this new contract.

“He’s a direct player who is lightning quick and can run with the ball, and he causes defenders a lot of problems.

“There will be more games this season so more opportunities to get in the team, and with me it doesn’t matter how old the players are – the best players will play.”

Do you think Loza can make an impact for City’s first team next season? Leave your comments below.

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8 comments

  • Where there is obfuscation, let there be lucidity... Maybe it was just a smokescreen, Matt? To buy a bit of thinking time. Or, the Board may be relying on the fans` notorious `Goldfish Memory Syndrome`. Or, possibly, they`ve just forgotten what it was they were planning to do. Is old Ewan Chester-Drawers still on the payroll? Perhaps he`s rummaging away in International climes - like Boscombe and Peterborough. The promptitude of Grabban`s recruitment is maybe an indication that a deal had been struck some time ago, possibly with a Surman element in it. I`m sure we`ll be told when it is seen fit so to do.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • this management structure is really annoying me now. They made such a song and dance about it yet now have gone silent. As far as us simple fans are aware they have many roles yet to fill. Could do with some clarity to be fair.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • I hope Neil Adams is beavering away, with the guidance of his Royal Uncle Joe, at getting all the `ins and outs` sorted. Looking back not that far, it is amazing how quickly Hughton & Co. stifled the life out of our team. It may be more difficult to reverse the process - but Lambo & his team once did it. For a little while anyway - so it could be done again. As long as our sleep-walking Board has woken up. No news lately on the new Management Structure. Maybe it`s done & dusted? Neil has people he trusts with him. Old 3-Lungs will sort out the work ethic aspect! I wonder what`s happening to the Unholy Trinity, Hugh Trollderwood? I hope O`Neill doesn`t take Krughton into his ROI set up. I like ROI.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • 1 goal out of a fair few loan stints at lower level wasn't an immediate "get him in the first team" cry for me but I hope he gets a look at some point. Adams is certainly best placed to know whether hes ready etc. Personally i'd prefer him to go out on 1 longer term loan (1 year at 1 club similar to Declan Rudd). Cant remember which player it was but I remember a past youth player commenting on how going to this club for 1 month, then coming back for 2 months and going out for another 1 month deal somewhere else didnt help him at all as by the time he got settled or worked his way into the team it was time to come back again. Get a full season of 1st team football at league 2 or league 1 level under his belt and then we will have a good idea where he is at.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • That goal what he scored at Southend was class !

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    yarco

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • sharky

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • pete22

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Give him a go never know we might have a star striker on our hands let's hope he is a hit good luck lamaar otbc

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    pete22

    Monday, June 23, 2014

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