Youngsters are proving they are ‘worthy’ of chances to shine at Norwich City – Russell Martin

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of the Kits for Kids initiative run by the EFL's ooficial DIY partner Wickes. Picture: Wickes - Credit: Wickes

Russell Martin believes Norwich City fans still have plenty to be optimistic about this summer, after seeing another of the Canaries' young guns emerge.

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of the Kits for Kids initiative run by the EFL's ooficial DIY partner Wickes. Picture: Wickes - Credit: Wickes

James Maddison scored after making his league debut as a substitute to help City wrap up a 3-1 win at Preston on Monday and captain Martin rates the 20-year-old playmaker highly.

'He is a really talented boy, we've got a few,' he said. 'We've got Alex Pritchard, obviously the Murphy twins who have done great in their own way, Ben Godfrey's coming through, so it's an exciting time for the club.

'This has been a real difficult season but this transition period, what this season has given the club is a chance for these youngsters to show that they're worthy of a chance next season, that they're worthy of a place in the team and I think they're excited for their opportunity.

'Madders works really hard, I really like him, he's confident – he's not arrogant – he's confident in what he can do, he's confident in his ability and you can see that in the way he plays.

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of

Norwich City captain Russell Martin presented new kits to Old Catton U9s at Carrow Road, as part of the Kits for Kids initiative run by the EFL's ooficial DIY partner Wickes. Picture: Wickes - Credit: Wickes

'Like Alan (Irvine, interim head coach) has said he has just got to learn the game, they all do, they're young and that will come.'

Martin was speaking at a Carrow Road event organised by the EFL's official DIY partner Wickes, where the Canaries skipper presented Old Catton under-nines with a new strip as part of the Kits for Kids initiative.

'I love doing stuff like this, when I was young I would have loved doing more things like this,' said the City captain, who has made 37 appearances so far this season, completing every minute of the last 22 matches in all competitions.

'As a football club and with CSF and the things they do are brilliant, they're superb and one of the best in the country with the things they do.

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'I love being part of these things and the kids seemed to enjoy it, with the tour of the stadium with their new kit and they've got a semi-final to play on Sunday so they'll feel great.

'So that's what it's all about, giving a bit back, because when you're in a privileged position like I am and the players are, it's never a chore to do stuff like this.'

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