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Norwich Academy Star Josh Martin Commits to City

The 18-year-old has committed until 2023 after a breakthrough season in the youth ranks which earned him a place on the bench with the first team in January, during a 2-1 win at Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round.

Martin explained: “To be mentally focused, to show that he can trust me off the ball, to work for the team and to be a game-changer. I think they’re the main things for me, so that he can trust me and that I can make the difference in the final third, if we’re losing or drawing, that I can give that to him. That’s what I want to maximise the most.”

Martin demonstrated his attacking prowess with a Carrow Road hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup in December, during a hot streak which saw him score three goals in five games for the under-23s.

“Around that time is when I had my first training session with the first team and the boss said I impressed and he liked me, so kept bringing me back,” the winger continued. “I was playing 23s games and then training (with the first team) the next day, so it was a tough period but it was a period where I learned so much.

“What I think I did well in that period was that I stayed focused, I didn’t moan that I needed a break or anything, I just kept going and going. I think that’s what the boss likes, he likes a good mentality and that’s what I tried to do, to have the best mentality I could.”

When City confirmed the deal, Farke said Martin is “a very brave player with that special bit of creativity that you can’t learn”.

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