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Djedje pens first professional contract for Norwich City

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Uriah Djedje has signed his first professional contract with the Canaries, keeping him at the club until 2025.

The 17-year-old midfielder signed a two-and-half-year deal with the club, which is currently the longest possible term at the age of 17.

Uriah Djedje has gained valuable experience and trained with various age groups at the club, including the Under-21s, Under-18s, Under-16s and he was involved in first-team training session early this year.

In the U18 Premier League South, he has made 16 appearances out of 18 for Greg Crane’s side this season.

After signing his first professional contract he said: It’s a phenomenal moment for me and my family, especially at such a good club like Norwich City. It’s always been a big target for me, to get to this stage from grassroots.

“Coming from London, there’s a lot of competition there and there’s a lot of competition even here at Norwich, so I’m very proud of myself.”

“When (Greg) Craney asked me to go and train with the first team, I couldn’t believe it, I thought he was joking. I think I made a good impression of myself, so hopefully it happens again.

“Getting to train alongside a great legend here like Teemu Pukki, I just had to get the opportunity to speak to him. He told me everyone was in his boots once and to just be confident.”

Djedje’s favourite position is the number six role as a central defensive midfielder, and he told canaries.co.uk that Gabriel Sara and Liam Gibbs are two players he looks up to for inspiration in the first team.

“Now that the season is coming to an end I’ve signed my first professional contract, my next goal is to be a regular with the Under-21s, whether that’s on the bench or in the starting line-up.”

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