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King's Lynn Town sign Norwich City youngster on season-long long for the new National League North season

King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse has returned to his former club Norwich City to complete his squad for the forthcoming National League North season.

The Linnets boss has swooped to bring in midfielder Alfie Payne, 19, from the Canaries on a season-long loan.

Payne was a regular for City’s under-23s last season, scoring once in 25 games, as well as wearing the captain’s armband for a handful of fixtures.

Norwich City youngster Alfie Payne after signing a season-long loan with King's Lynn Town on Thursday night. (14650911)
Norwich City youngster Alfie Payne after signing a season-long loan with King's Lynn Town on Thursday night. (14650911)

On Lynn's new arrival, Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: "Alfie is another good talent and we're really grateful to Norwich City for loaning him to us.

"He gives us cover in midfielder and also down the left-hand side, where we are a little short on cover, and will compliment the group well.

"He is a really technical player who is going to come to learn his trade with us. I know he is rated really highly at Norwich."

The teenager, from Cringleford, signed his first professional deal with the Canaries last summer and has been with the club’s youth system since he was eight-years-old.

The youngster did get a taste of the first-team environment in November when he was an unused substitute as Daniel Farke’s team won 4-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

The teen has also been used in a number of different positions during under-23 games for the Canaries last term, including playing at left-back.

It is hoped that Payne will feature in Ian Culverhouse’s first squad for Lynn's National League North opener at Guiseley tomorrow, as long as the required paperwork is completed.


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