Lewis aims to ‘make an impact’ for Canaries following his first-team debut
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Norwich City's latest academy graduate Jamal Lewis is aiming to make an immediate impact to force his way into Daniel Farke's starting XI.
The 19-year-old was given a warm welcome by the Carrow Road crowd when he replaced Marco Stiepermann at left-back with City already 2-0 down during Friday night's disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brentford.
It was a difficult situation for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international to make his professional bow and a mixture of good and nervous moments followed.
'At the end of the day, it's about the team so I'm disappointed,' the Luton-born youngster said. 'We've got a lot of games in the Christmas period and hopefully we can turn it around. I feel ready to go and want to show the boss what I can do.
'Helping the team win is all that matters. Getting in the team and getting the points is the target for me.
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'I've been training with the first team for a while now so I'm used to the tempo. Now, it's about getting used to the league.
'Hopefully I can adapt quickly and make an impact.'
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Lewis joined the Canaries academy from hometown club Luton Town in 2014 and played a key part under Daniel Farke during pre-season, before a knee injury kept him out for four months.
With Stiepermann's lack of experience at full-back become more obvious in recent weeks and James Husband on his way back from a month out with a groin issue, Lewis could get another chance at Birmingham City on Boxing Day.
He still found time to relish his big moment though – and set his sights on more game time.
'It feels like it's been a long time coming, with my injury. Even last season, I felt close to making my debut and I just want to kick on now,' Lewis added, speaking to City's website.
'My mum was up in the crowd so got to watch it. It was a proud moment for her and for my family, because they've been on my journey with me and they're the ones I try to make proud every day.
'The debut is done with now though. I just want to get into the team and help us get some wins.'
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