Rotherham sign striker Carlton Morris on loan from Norwich City
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Norwich City have completed their first piece of transfer deadline day business, allowing young striker Carlton Morris to join Championship strugglers Rotherham until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old FA Youth Cup winner has scored eight goals in 15 games for City's under-23s this season but has only featured as an unused substitute for the first team.
The big striker spent last season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Hamilton, scoring eight goals in 33 games, he also spent short stints in League Two with York and Oxford when he was a teenager.
'It was a big frustration of mine for Carlton in the early part of the season because I wanted to get him out on loan,' Canaries boss Alex Neil told City's website.
'I'm pleased for him that he's now got this move. Carlton needs to continue his path in terms of playing football, and this will certainly allow him to do that.'
The Cambridge-born forward picked up a knee injury after scoring to help City's U23s beat Aston Villa 4-3 in the Premier League Cup at Carrow Road earlier this month.
That prevented his involvement in the FA Cup third round replay at Southampton, when Neil fielded a young team, but he has now joined the Championship's bottom club.
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'I've always liked him,' Millers boss Paul Warne, a former Diss and Wroxham player, said of the deal.
'The situation with Norwich is that he's been on their bench quite a bit this year and they've got a plethora of options. They wouldn't let me have him until they got players in, so I had to wait until they got theirs in and they've only got the last one in today.
'Then I got the phone call off my mate at Norwich telling me he'd do us a favour which was nice and he's encouraged the lad to come to us because he knows he'll get game time.
'It's more choice up top which is never a bad thing and with the additions we're trying to make at the back, we're just trying to strengthen the team up throughout.'
The former England Under-19 international also has a friendly face to greet him in South Yorkshire, that of another Norwich academy graduate, midfielder Tom Adeyemi.
'He's really mobile, direct and he wants to get a goal. He can play in a three up front or a two and he's even led the line on his own,' Warne continued, speaking to Rotherham's website.
'He's really hard-working and really athletic which is what I want. He's a good age and he's friends with Tom Adeyemi here, so Tom knows him and has explained how the club works and he's really keen to come in and play.
'He went on loan to Hamilton last year and scored a lot of goals and he's a real handful. I spoke to him and told him the way we play. We create chances and we're excellent at home especially and we're pretty direct and the strikers are expected to work hard but get their rewards.
'He's really to come here and join in and help us with this fight.'