Renton targets City record
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries teenager Kris Renton has spoken of his ambition to go down in Norwich City's history books as the club's youngest ever first team player.
Canaries teenager Kris Renton has spoken of his ambition to go down in Norwich City's history books as the club's youngest ever first team player.
The 16-year-old Scot made his first appearance in a senior squad on Saturday when he was an unused sub during the Canaries 3-0 defeat at Colchester.
Had he come on, he would have been 20 days younger than current record holder Ryan Jarvis was when, at 16 and 282 days, he came off the bench at Walsall back in 2003.
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But the Scotland Under-17 international still has a number of opportunities to set a new mark, with City facing Hull, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester and Burnley over the next two weeks.
It's a target now - but Renton admitted that he had been unaware just how close he had been to making history.
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“I didn't have a clue, not at all,” said the Musselburgh youngster, who has scored six times for City's U18s this season and continued his education with a run-out for the reserves against MK Dons last night.
“That would have been brilliant for me, to have become the youngest-ever player to play for Norwich City. Hopefully I can do it.”
Renton, only recently back from Scotland youth duty, admitted things had happened fast.
“I found out I was travelling on Friday after training with the first team,” he explained. “Then I got called into the office to tell me I was travelling but I only found out when I arrived at Colchester that I was going to be on the bench. It was brilliant for me to find that out.
“It's been a brilliant experience just to see what happens with the travelling and staying in the hotel. It's been a brilliant experience for that, but it was a disappointing result.”