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Four Norwich City Under-18s Offered Pro Terms

Young central defender Joe Crowe and winger Jamal Lewis, both of whom are Northern Ireland Under-19 internationals, have both been offered two-year professional deals, as have goalkeeper Aston Oxborough and full-back Louis Rasmsay.

Crowe captained City’s under-18s to the sixth round of the FA Youth Cup this season, while Oxborough has represented England at both U16 and U17 level.

All four of the youngsters to be offered professional terms have also featured for City’s U21s this season, with Ramsay scoring a spectacular long-range goal in a 1-0 win over the U21s of Spanish top-flight side Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup at Carrow Road in October. Ramsay repeated that with a stunning strike in a thrilling 5-4 win over Middlesbrough at Carrow Road in the FA Youth Cup in February.

Attacking midfielders Todd Cantwell and Daillang Jaiyesimi have already signed their professional terms with the Canaries making a total of six academy products added to the professional books for the season ahead.

Young star in the making Todd Cantwell, from Dereham, was a prominent player in the FA Youth Cup run and is committed to City until at least the summer of 2019 – having signed in April following national media speculation of interest in his talents from Arsenal earlier in the season after they sent scouts to watch him.

Jaiyesimi was signed from non-league side Dulwich Hamlet for an undisclosed fee in January, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, with the Canaries claiming to have fought off competition from several other Premier League clubs.

It was not good news for five other players however, with confirmation that professional contracts had not been offered to goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamps and outfield players Harley Black, Kofi Boateng, George Couzens and Tom Walters.

“This is the highest number of professional contracts we have offered to scholars since we won the FA Youth Cup in 2013,” academy manager Gregg Broughton told City’s official website.

“If you look at the group of players, the majority of them have played consistently in the under-21s this season. They now have a chance to make an impact and stand out.

“It’s also important to speak about the players who haven’t been offered deals. They’ve all worked extremely hard over the last two years and we wish them the very best for the future.”

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