Canaries loanee Maddison loving life at Aberdeen

James Maddison - on loan at Aberdeen from Norwich City. Photo: PA

James Maddison - on loan at Aberdeen from Norwich City. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

Norwich City's James Maddison believes his loan spell at Aberdeen couldn't have gone any better so far.

The 19-year-old has impressed since signing for the Dons, helping the Pittodrie club to a League Cup final and scoring a world class free kick against Rangers in the process.

Maddison, whose loan spell in Scotland comes to an end in January, says he is slowly gaining the match fitness needed to showcase his talents.

'I'm really enjoying it – I did not set myself targets but it has gone as well as I could have hoped for,' said Maddison, who joined the Canaries for an initial £2.5m in the summer. 'I came up here to be involved in big games. We are in a cup final, I scored the winner against Rangers.

'It has been really good for me. I said when I first came here that I had a good pre-season at Norwich. I felt fit but then you come here after not playing for a couple of weeks and you lose a little bit of fitness, a little bit of sharpness. So it takes a couple of games to get up to speed. I feel I am fit now and hopefully I can keep putting in performances to show everyone what I'm all about.'

Former Norwich goalkeeper Joe Lewis has been helping Maddison settle in Scotland and the former Coventry midfielder has been impressed at how welcome he has been made to feel.

'I know Joe Lewis is a Norwich fan – maybe because of that he made me very welcome when I first came in,' he said. 'Big Joe is a really nice guy and on the pitch his performances speak for themselves. He has pulled off some incredible saves.

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'All the lads have been great with me since I got here. Even though Ryan Jack was injured and out of the team at the time, he went out his way to welcome me into the dressing room. I want to thank them all for being so good with me.'