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Ex-Norwich City defender Kyle McFadden joins the boys from Brazil at the Maracana

Former Norwich City old boy Kyle McFadden has a special date at the Maracana Stadium. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Former Norwich City old boy Kyle McFadden has a special date at the Maracana Stadium. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Former Norwich City FA Youth Cup winner Kyle McFadden is set to grace Brazil’s iconic Maracana Stadium just months after being shown the door by the Canaries.

The 20-year-old defender is now a team-mate of the legendary Kaka at Orlando FC, who face Flamengo on Sunday at the stadium that hosted the 2014 World Cup final as part of the Rio-based club’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

“It’s mad. I couldn’t believe it when I first heard. I can’t wait for it. It’s unbelievable,” said McFadden, who was released by Norwich in the summer. “He is a massive signing for Orlando and of course in Brazil he is a legend. The first three or four days when I arrived at the club were a bit surreal, going out onto the training pitch with Kaka. Now he is just one of the lads. We are all together and we do things together after training. We are mates, the same as in any team.”

Wycombe, Walsall and Dagenham were staging posts in a journey which has propelled the Republic of Ireland youth international all the way to Florida’s Sunshine State and the ‘Lions’.

McFadden admits it is a world away from the training pitches of Colney as he embarks on a new life between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

“You never know what is around the corner in football. When I left Norwich I went to a few places in England but it didn’t work out. Some managers have their way of playing and I didn’t fit in. That is fine,” he says. “Adrian Heath (Orlando FC manager) had seen me play and because I was a free agent they wanted to sign me up. Thankfully I have got a three-year deal here now so I want to progress in the MLS. When I was at Norwich there was a possibility this could happen because I was told the Orlando management were big fans.

“At that stage I didn’t really buy into it at the time because my priority was to stay in England and hopefully get a new deal at Norwich. I spoke to my management again in the summer and they said Orlando still want you and to get over there as soon as possible. I didn’t have to go on trial or anything, I actually signed the deal in England.”

The Donegal native returns to Norwich later this month during his extended off-season.

“I actually dropped Ricky Martin a text and he said I am more than welcome to come in and train, which is good of them,” he says. “I just want to work with the Under-18s or the Under-21s because over here you get two months, which is a very long off-season, but it would be good to see the lads. We are back in for pre-season on January 20. The season starts end of March. That is something new as well. I’ve never had Christmas off before as a player. My girlfriend is in Norwich so we might have to have two Christmases. One in England and one in Ireland.”

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11 comments

  • TrevorKeith - absolutely agree - a reserve team playing regularly would keep squad players match fit, and the team could play the same system as the first team, so players could slot in; unlike loans, where they play totally different systems and look lost when they come back. Entry to reserve games could be free, encouraging youngsters to come along and watch just as I did over 50 years ago.

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    French canary

    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • I think all fans should start a petition up asking for reserve team football to be reintroduced. Money always used to be an excuse for not having a reserve side but given the massive amounts now gained from tv that can no longer hold water. Players such as Goss benefited from this as he played in the reserves for a number of seasons before breaking into the first team and becoming a star.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • I think that it is a big shame for Academy players not to get the chance to play first team football, especially when some of those that leave make a name for themselves which could be highly beneficial for the first team and the name of NCFC in general. I think a succession of managers are afraid to dip their toes into the market to try the home grown players but some clubs do and some of them are very successful, so come on Managers give it a go

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    kevin473

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • I think that it is a big shame for Academy players not to get the chance to play first team football, especially when some of those that leave make a name for themselves which could be highly beneficial for the first team and the name of NCFC in general. I think a succession of managers are afraid to dip their toes into the market to try the home grown players but some clubs do and some of them are very successful, so come on Managers give it a go

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    kevin473

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • Cheer up , for every 20 academy products we sell we can buy 1 half decent squad player. The 'academy payments' would be better off in the transfer fund.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • Given the latest statistics that show Norwich are no better or worse than teams in the top divisions at taking kids from their academies I expect a lot of English clubs are seeing reports like this.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • As said I'm sure there will be a a lot of lads that develop true quality but we can't keep them all , but I fear for our future with the Murphys and particularly Harry Toffolo now he is a rising star and should be around the first team now , he's the best we've had for many years

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    5th generation

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • Well done Kyle you are obviously a bright and articulate young man and a good footballer.Hope you are one of the one's that got away.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • I am really pleased for the lad. Obviously his name didn't fit at Carrow Road ???

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    waclor

    Saturday, November 14, 2015

  • One of the many I think.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Saturday, November 14, 2015

  • I hope he will not end up being labelled as 'the one that got away'. But at the same time I wish him all the very best in the future.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, November 14, 2015

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