Norwich City have signed promising young striker Kole Lambert from Northern Premier Division side Basford United, subject to governing body approval.

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The 18-year-old signs for the Canaries after a successful trial period with the club, having featured in the Under-18s’ Premier League games against West Ham United and Reading. Lambert has previously been part of the Notts County and Nottingham Forest academy setups and has thrived for Basford this season.

Speaking to, Lambert said: “I’m very pleased, I’m signing for a good club. I’ve come from non-league side which makes it even better. It’s a big step for me and I want to prove myself to everyone.

“I’m very confident [I can make the step up]. I’ve played at senior level before and I’ve played academy football at Nottingham Forest and Notts County but this is a step up to category one football so I’m pleased to be here.

“I’ve seen Max Aarons has made the step to the first-team and some other players have so that was a big reason in joining. I’ve played a couple of game for the Under-18s. Fitness-wise I’m not quite there yet but I found it alright.

“All my teammates are nice and they’ve welcomed me in well. I’m living with three other lads and they’ve been great. I’m quite fast and I’ve got good movement. I always like to run in-behind and try and score two/three goals a game.”

Head of Recruitment Kieran Scott said: “Kole was brought to my attention when he was playing for Basford United, a club in the Nottingham area.

“Basford are a club that gives lads from the area a second chance. They were very accommodating when we approached them, and we thank them for allowing Kole to come and spend some time with us here before signing.”


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