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Cameron King signs for Thetford Town following Norwich City exit

Cameron King made his Norwich City debut as a substitute in a Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury Town in September 2014. 
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Cameron King made his Norwich City debut as a substitute in a Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury Town in September 2014. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Former Norwich City midfielder Cameron King has joined hometown club Thetford Town as he looks to kick-start his career.

The FA Youth Cup winner saw his decade with the Canaries come to an end last season, deciding to terminate his contract early due to trouble with persistent migraines.

After receiving medical advice the Scotland Under-21 international is now ready to get back out on the pitch, starting at step five of the non-league pyramid.

“He’ll be straight into it, into the squad for Saturday for the FA Cup,” Thetford boss Danny White said ahead of his team’s trip to Harrowby United in Lincolnshire in the extra preliminary round.

“He’s seen a specialist to get help but he’s a lad with a lot of potential, it’s just a matter of time before he goes on to play at a higher level.

“But in the meantime it’s a massive coup for us as a club, hopefully it benefits us and hopefully him if he plays regularly, gets fitter and impresses.”

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder grew up in Thetford and joins a team on the up after starting their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division campaign with a 4-0 win at FC Clacton on Saturday.

White succeeded long-serving boss Mark Scott midway through last season and has been busy rebuilding his squad this summer.

“I said I wanted to be judged on this year,” the former King’s Lynn and Wroxham midfielder continued. “We’ve got in the players that we wanted and we’re starting to play the way I wanted us to, so to go away in the first league game of the season, keep a clean sheet and score four goals was great.

“About 10 players have gone and a similar number have come in so it’s a completely new team now and the average age is about 22 or 23.”

King, a former Old Buckenham High School pupil, being local was also an important factor in his signing – with White also expecting to not be needed as a player now that his squad is taking shape.

“He’s a Thetford boy and I’ve tried to get a lot of local lads in,” White added. “Thetford has a lot of good players but they go and play elsewhere, so we’re trying to change that.

“A few travel in, that’s going to happen wherever you go, but Cameron is one of them who is very loyal and the lad is just raring to go and it’s great to have another local lad in.”

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