Kyle McFadden: Chris Hughton is doing it for the Norwich City kids

Kyle McFadden, right, with some of his fellow FA Youth Cup winners. Picture: Denise Bradley

Kyle McFadden, right, with some of his fellow FA Youth Cup winners. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Kyle McFadden believes Norwich City's next generation are benefiting from the added attentions of manager Chris Hughton.

The Canaries' Under-18 starlets produced a famous FA Youth Cup win at the end of last season to underline the group's potential, as academy manager Ricky Martin and Under-18's coach Neil Adams saw their long term plans come to fruition.

But for second-year scholar McFadden, the 18-year-old has relished input from City's current firs team boss.

'I love it at Norwich,' said McFadden, who moved to England from Donegal as a 16-year-old – and fresh from being named FAI Under-16 player of the year. 'I had quite a few options when I was younger.

'Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley all wanted me and I trained with Aston Villa and Falkirk, but Norwich was the club I wanted to join.


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'It reminded me of Donegal, the training ground is out in the countryside.

'My girlfriend, Ellie Greensitt is from Norwich and if I ever want to go home it isn't an issue.

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'Chris Hughton has been brilliant with me since he came in as manager. He has shown a lot more interest in the youth team than Paul Lambert did and I know I can always go to the manager about any problems I may be having or to ask where I need to improve my game.

'He is an Irish legend and as a Spurs fan I'm well aware what he achieved as a player. He has told me he doesn't have another centre-back like me at the club and has said he thinks I could do a job as a defensive midfielder.'

Speaking to the Irish Post, McFadded added: 'My target next season is to try and get on the bench or play in the League Cup for Norwich.'

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