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Ex-Norwich City academy product Sonny Carey 'can't wait to get started' at King's Lynn Town

Sonny Carey says he "can't wait to get started" after taking a major step forward in his career by joining King's Lynn Town.

The former Norwich City academy product wants to hit the ground running with the Linnets after arriving from Step 5 Wroxham in the close season.

Carey said: "It feels really good to be here. It's a great club with great players who have just won promotion.

Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612981)
Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612981)

"It's a good opportunity for me to try to get into the team and show the manager and fans what I'm capable of."

Hellesdon-based Carey, who has had trials with Norwich City, Cambridge United and Oxford United in the past year, was part of the England Colleges FA national team for the 2018-19 season.

The teenager, who was picked up by the academy at Norwich City at the age of seven, is part of NCFC Community Sports Foundation (CSF) shadow squad, who are coached by Linnets midfielder Ryan Jarvis.

Jarvis, who played a key role in Lynn's promotion back to the National League North, was instrumental in helping Carey secure a move to the Walks.

"I knew Ryan as he's my coach at college," said Carey.

"He had a word with Ian (Culverhouse) and towards the back end of the season, I was coming over and training with the boys once a week on the Thursday.

"Training was a lot quicker and the intensity was also higher. I had less time on the ball, but I really enjoyed stepping it up with better players.

"They obviously liked what I saw and now I'm here.

"I loved it at Wroxham last season and Jordan (Southgate) showed great faith in me by giving me my chance in the first team at 17, but now I want to improve myself even more."

Carey, 18, is eager to put himself in the shop window after seeing former Lynn players Frazer Blake-Tracy and Cameron Norman clinch moves to league clubs in the last year.

Blake-Tracy, who joined Lynn from Lowestoft Town in June 2017 having previously played for Dereham Town, moved to League One Peterborough in May.

His departure came a year after right-back Norman left The Walks for League One Oxford United before making the switch to Walsall in the January transfer window.

And Carey knows that Lynn could eventually provide him with a stepping stone into the league game.

The youngster said: "Now they've been promoted, there will be a lot of eyes on the club, so I'm looking forward to show people and other clubs what I've got.

"I think I will bring good energy to the team with me being a young and fit lad."

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