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New King's Lynn Town arrival can't wait to get going after making loan switch from Premier League Norwich City




Youngster Alfie Payne wanted the experience of regular football - now he has been handed a golden chance after making the switch to King's Lynn Town on a season-long loan from Norwich City.

The midfielder, 19, is keen to use an opportunity at the Walks to force his way back into the first-team picture at Carrow Road.

Payne, who signed his first professional deal with the Canaries last summer, said: "The long-term aim for me is to get back at Norwich and push for a place in the first team.

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)

"I've been looking for a loan this season, so when I was told that I wasn't going to make the Norwich squad I had to look at other options and see what clubs came in for me.

"The move is a good stepping stone for me to experience men's football, play against good opposition and start to make a name for myself.

"King's Lynn stood out as a really good option for me out of all the club's who were interested. I'm a local lad and the commute isn't too big.

"I need to experience the game in a different way, so to get a move to Lynn, who are a big club in the National League North was right for me. I can't wait to get going.

"I've always been a Norwich fan, but when I was younger I used to come over and watch Lynn with my dad during the international break."

The teenager, from Cringleford, was a regular starter 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.

He was given a brief taste of the first-team environment in November when he was an unused substitute during City's 4-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

And now he is ready to make his mark in his new surroundings.

"I've got a very good engine and can get up and down the pitch," said Payne.

"I'd like to think I can offer a calming influence on the team and a bit of composure too. I read the game well, so hopefully that will be a good asset that I can use in games."

The youngster, who has been with Norwich City since he was eight-years-old, is relishing the prospect of learning under Ian Culverhouse in the National League North.

He admitted that the former Canaries legend was a big reason behind him opting to join Lynn.

"Ian is an experienced manager who knows what he is doing," said Payne, who is also friends with Norwich-based players Natty Stewart and Sonny Carey.

"Hopefully I will be able to learn from him and he will help improve my game even more so I can take it to the next level."



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