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Carlton Morris signs new contract with Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 17:31 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:15 01 March 2017

Carlton Morris has extended his Norwich City contract until the summer of 2020. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Carlton Morris has extended his Norwich City contract until the summer of 2020. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

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Young striker Carlton Morris has signed a three-and-a-half-year extension to his Norwich City contract.

The strapping 21-year-old has signed a new deal which keeps him with the club until the summer of 2020, as the FA Youth Cup winner continues his long stay with the Canaries.

“I’m buzzing because I can now focus on my future here at Norwich,” the Cambridge-born forward said.

“I’ve been here since I was 10 so hopefully I can have a positive impact on the club’s future. I want to repay the faith shown in me now and do good things for the club going forward.”

Morris has so far made just one senior appearance for City, as a substitute two years ago, but spent last season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Hamilton and scored eight goals in 33 games.

He has scored eight goals in 15 games for the Canaries’ under-23 side this season and joined Championship side Rotherham on loan on the final day of the January transfer window but is yet to be involved with the Millers due to a hamstring problem.

City boss Alex Neil, speaking to City’s official website, added: “Carlton is a young player who we believe has plenty to offer us in the years ahead.

“We’re looking forward to playing an active role in his on-going development as a footballer. In the short-term, he can hopefully go away and get some games at Rotherham as part of that development process.”

Analysis: Carlton Morris will be ready to push for first-team action with Norwich City next season

The academy product has also been out on loan in League Two when he was younger, scoring once in 10 games for Oxford United and making eight appearances as a substitute for York during the 2014/15 season.

He scored in a 4-3 victory over Aston Villa U23s at Carrow Road in mid-January but also came off with a slight hamstring injury, which has prevented his time with Rotherham getting started.

The South Yorkshire side are currently bottom of the Championship table and 16 points adrift of safety with 12 games of the season remaining.

Norfolk-born former Diss Town midfielder Paul Warne, a former Rotherham and Oldham player, is in charge of the Millers until the end of the campaign, following the exit of Kenny Jackett in November.

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