Norwich City old boy Kyle McFadden heads home to chase his dream

Former Norwich City youngster Kyle McFadden is back in his native Ireland with Sligo Rovers. Picture

Former Norwich City youngster Kyle McFadden is back in his native Ireland with Sligo Rovers. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Former Norwich City FA Youth Cup winner Kyle Callan-McFadden has returned to his native Ireland to chase his football dream.

The 21-year-old defender has joined League of Ireland title contenders Sligo Rovers after spending a year in America at Orlando City following his Carrow Road release. McFadden was part of an exciting crop of youngsters alongside the Murphy twins, Harry Toffolo and Cameron McGeehan who lifted the Canaries' first FA Youth Cup in 30 years under Neil Adams. The Republic of Ireland youth international made one senior appearance for City in a League Cup win against Crawley in August 2014 before joining the football revolution across the Atlantic.

Rovers' boss Dave Robertson has enticed McFadden back home as one of his first close-season signings for Rovers, who will look to challenge reigning champions Dundalk.

'Kyle is an excellent defender first and foremost, that is the reason why we have signed him,' he said, speaking to Sligo's official site. 'I have seen him play and he is a defender with tenacity, a willingness to defend and good ability on the ball. He is also a very strong leader.

'He is someone I think can come in and do really well straight away. He has vast experience from his years with Norwich City, where he captained the youth team. He has spent the last couple of seasons in Orlando gaining more experience. He is from Donegal and will be returning to live here with his wife.

'He will come here ready to hit the ground running. I am looking forward to working with him.

'He signs here with a very good pedigree. He has a maturity beyond his years. He will add to the squad and its dynamics. As a defender he has good pace so he can defend against the quicker players but is also strong and proven against all tops of forwards.'

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