Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Norwich City’s new loan signing Kei Kamara last night labelled his shot at the Premier League as ‘surreal’.
The Sierra Leone international is poised to arrive in England today and will be available for the Premier League game against Fulham this weekend after City successfully obtained a visa for the Sporting Kansas striker.
Kamara has agreed an initial loan move until the end of the current season, with Norwich retaining an option to conclude a permanent deal for the 28-year-old MLS forward. The US-based hitman had a trial with Norwich’s Premier League rivals Stoke earlier ths season but was not offered a contract at the Britannia.
“It is so surreal. I just can’t wait to feed off the fans,” he said. “There are so many players around the world who would like the chance to compete at the top, and the Premier League is definitely the top. It will be an honour to get the chance to play with some of the top players in the world.
“I had been with the MLS seven seasons, this was going to be my eighth and I loved every single one of them but every weekend you look forward to watching games from the Premier League and now I have a shot to be out there and show what I can do.”
Kamara, speaking to the Canaries’ official site, admitted it was a wrench to leave the USA.
“I loved my time at Kansas. It was the best three years for me,” said the MS all-star. “I have had so much fun there with the new stadium and the fans are amazing and the team is paying well.
“They know this is not the end of me. It’s a four-month loan for Norwich and I am looking to impress everyone over there, but Kansas has really given me my career. I am going to miss it but the city is so positive and they have wished me best of luck. I will miss the guys in the locker room but when you have a chance like this to play in the best league in the world there is no way you can say no. The staff at the club and the owners knew that as well and there was no way they were not going to let me live my dream.”
Kamara’s native homeland will also follow his Premier League progress closely.
“In Sierra Leone it is crazy,” he said. “Not many people get to watch the games at home, they usually watch at cinemas and my brother called me and said the cinemas were all full for the QPR game because they thought I was going to be involved.
“I am a competitive guy,” he added. “I want to make it difficult for the club and give the manager options. I am a forward with a lot of energy and athleticism. I have played centre forward but in the past couple of years I have played on the right in a 4-3-3. I am just happy to get myself in front of the goal and get chances.”