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Daniel Farke is a huge fan of Norwich City’s bold vision

Jamal Lewis has been a poster boy for Norwich City's commitment to youth this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jamal Lewis has been a poster boy for Norwich City's commitment to youth this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke admits Norwich City’s bid to transform the academy will ‘not help him in the next two weeks’ but is vital for the club’s future.

The Canaries’ bond has raised £5m to overhaul dated facilities at Colney in a bid to develop more talent like Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell.

Lewis has burst onto the scene after a frustrating knee injury cut short his pre-season progress, and made his Northern Ireland debut during the recent international break.

Cantwell is currently on loan in Holland looking to win the Dutch second division title with table-topping Fortuna Sittard.

Farke handed both senior City bows this season but knows in the short term it is a waiting game.

“It is a sign of the big commitment of our fans to the new philosophy and our view.

“We don’t just want to invest in players who are 30 or 32. We want to invest in our future and develop players,” he said.

“Perhaps it is a longer-term thing, when you sign a player at 15 or 16, but to have a really strong first team and be competitive you need to create value in our own academy, like we did with Jamal and the other young lads.

“It is so important to invest in the academy facilities and the resources.

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“Our fans and supporters have backed this and it is outstanding we have been so successful.

“Perhaps it won’t help me, in terms of the first team in the next two weeks or whatever, but in general it will help us in the future.”

City recently confirmed a deal was in place to sign Dagenham’s young striker Mason Bloomfield this summer, in another clear signal the focus is on the long term.

“To be honest, I didn’t have too much involvement,” said Farke.

“I know him, of course, we spoke about him and I watched some video but it is more like an idea for our under-23s first.

“If we have young lads who improve and are capable of joining our first team there is always an opportunity at this club.

“He will have all the possibilities but at first we see him as a part of the under-23s.”

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