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Friday 29 June 2012

Smith signs new Norwich deal

City midfielder commits future to Carrow Road with a 12-month contract extension

Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith had a spell on loan at Barnsley last season

Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Carrow Road for at least another year.

The 21-year-old came through the club's Academy system and first signed professional forms in 2008.

"I'm looking forward to getting out onto the pitch"
- Korey Smith

He made his club debut in 2009 and played a key role in helping the Canaries win back-to-back promotions from League One to the Barclays Premier League.

Smith spent three months on loan at Championship side Barnsley last season, making 12 appearances.

After signing the new one-year deal, Smith said he is determined to force his way into new manager Chris Hughton's first-team plans.

"It's feels good to sign," Smith told the club's official website. "The last three years have been great for the club, and I'm looking forward to getting involved with the squad.

"Chris Hughton coming in means it's a fresh start for everyone, and for someone like me who went out on loan, it's a good chance to impress in pre-season, so I'm looking forward to getting out onto the pitch.

"I went to Barnsley on loan last season and really enjoyed it. It was a good experience to work under a different manager, with different players, and in a different environment."

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Key Points

  • Korey Smith signs new deal with Norwich
  • Midfielder pens a one-year contract extension
  • Smith determined to force his way into the first team