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City's U23s set for Tampa tour

PUBLISHED: 17:06 12 February 2020 | UPDATED: 17:25 12 February 2020

Norwich City development defender Louis Lomas joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies on loan earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City development defender Louis Lomas joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies on loan earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City's development squad will head to Tampa this summer for a pre-season training camp - which includes a friendly against Tampa Bay Rowdies for the Visit Tampa Bay Cup.

City have built up strong links with the Rowdies and the Visit Tampa commercial partnership which has seen Daniel Farke's squad previously head over to America for warm weather training.

"Following the success of the first team's warm weather winter training camp in Tampa Bay in 2018, this was a natural next step for our academy side," said academy chief Steve Weaver. "It's a great opportunity for us as a football club and academy.

"We know that the facilities and weather will be first class and that the people of Tampa Bay will give us exactly what we need to begin our preparations for the 2020-21 campaign, so when the commercial guys presented us with the opportunity, it was a no-brainer."

The pre-season fixture against Tampa Bay Rowdies will take place on Wednesday, July 1 and could see City youngster Louis Lomas, currently on loan at the Florida club, feature against Norwich.

"Since 2018 this relationship has turned into a true partnership between two great clubs," said Lee Cohen, President and chief operating officer at Tampa Bay Rowdies quoted on the Canaries' official site. "For both parties this is more than something on the field; the partnership between our two clubs is really something unique and something that is continuing to become stronger with each endeavour we work on.

"To be hosting Norwich City's Under-23s in July for a pre-season camp that will be capped off with the first Visit Tampa Bay Cup match - it's an exciting time."

The Canaries' shadow squad have joined Farke's first team pool in Germany for the past two summers, but the under-23s will not return to the club's usual base in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Sam Jeffery, City's head of commercial operations added: "As a club, we couldn't be more thrilled to be returning to Tampa Bay in the summer for our academy tour.

"The partnership has grown from strength-to-strength over the last few years, and we feel really lucky that Santiago Corrada and Patrick Harrison, of Visit Tampa Bay, match our pioneering spirit in aiming to create a legacy that lasts a long time.

"We couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved with these guys so far, and when the teams walk out at the Visit Tampa Bay Cup it'll be a moment in time that's been years in the making. Long may this relationship continue to thrive."

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