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King's Lynn Town hopeful of loan arrangement for Norwich City youngsters

Max Aarons - then a relatively unknown youngster - featured for Norwich City when they played a pre-season friendly at King's Lynn last summer Picture: Ian Burt

Max Aarons - then a relatively unknown youngster - featured for Norwich City when they played a pre-season friendly at King's Lynn last summer Picture: Ian Burt

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King's Lynn Town are looking to piggy back on the success of Norwich City as they prepare for life in the National League set-up.

King's Lynn's owner Stephen Cleeve celebrating his club's promotion Picture: Ian BurtKing's Lynn's owner Stephen Cleeve celebrating his club's promotion Picture: Ian Burt

The Linnets are keen to take young Canaries players on loan in what owner Stephen Cleeve believes will be an arrangement that suits both clubs.

Lynn were promoted a fortnight after the Canaries clinched their place in the Premier League and have begun the process of strengthening ahead of their return to Step Two - and they hope that will involve a relationship between the county's top two clubs.

There is a link between the teams in the form of Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse, who was at Carrow Road for almost a decade as a player and later returned as assistant manager under Paul Lambert.

Culverhouse's team was promoted from the Southern Premier Central on the back of a cultured passing game - something which allies itself with Daniel Farke's philosophy that runs throughout the Canaries footballing set-up.

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"I would like to see us have a stronger bond with Norwich," said Cleeve.

"We would like to be in the running for some of their young players who they want to send out to get experience and be a part of that process.

"I think last season we were just that one step below where they might consider sending players. But now we are at a higher level and we will be facing some pretty big former league clubs in our division and that helps us - the fact that the standard is higher.

"Geographically, of course, we aren't far away and the players don't have to uproot, and I believe the philosophies between the two clubs are very similar. I think they know that with Ian their young players will be coached well and will be brought on properly."

Norwich have proved their willingness to blood young hopefuls into the non league scene - last season saw Timi Odusina and Mason Bloomfield go to National League finalists AFC Fylde, while Anthony Spyrou was at Wrexham and Caleb Richards spent time with FC United of Manchester, newly relegated from National League North.

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