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Sam to take it one step at a time on road to success

PUBLISHED: 10:25 06 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 06 July 2010

Sam Habergham, Dario Dumic and David Stephens have all signed pro contracts at Norwich City. Picture: Adrian Judd

Sam Habergham, Dario Dumic and David Stephens have all signed pro contracts at Norwich City. Picture: Adrian Judd

Norwich's latest professional Sam Habergham is living the dream. The 17-year-old from Great Ellingham signed his first professional contract recently along with fellow academy prospects David Stephens and Dario Dumic.

Norwich's latest professional Sam Habergham is living the dream.

The 17-year-old from Great Ellingham signed his first professional contract recently along with fellow academy prospects David Stephens and Dario Dumic.

England Under-17 international Habergham now wants to impress at reserve level in his bid to move one step closer achieving the ultimate at his boyhood club.

“Of course you dream about what it would be like to play for the first team and run out in front of 25,000 at Carrow Road,” he said. “I can't wait, but hopefully I can establish myself at reserve team level this season, play against senior players, and then you want to try and push on into the first team. I've been at the club a long time now, nine years, so it feels great to get the chance to become a professional.

“To be honest I didn't expect it but about a couple of weeks into my summer holiday they let me know so that was a nice surprise. It gives me a bit of security but it also means I need to kick on again. We've got a great group of lads here in the changing room and I think hopefully we can do well.”

Habergham's academy skipper from last season, Korey Smith, forced his way into Bryan Gunn's first team plans over the Championship run in - a clear signal to City's other talented youngsters.

“I think it does help that a few of the lads have already pushed on,” said the defender. “Korey got on the pitch and Addy (Tom Adeyemi) was on the bench last season. It's good to know that the gaffer will give the young players a try and hopefully a few more of us can push on this season.

“There is a big confidence around the youth team with what we did last season getting to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

“Hopefully we've got another crop of good lads coming in so I don't see any reason we can't have another successful season. You just need to keep performing in training and working hard at your game and then it's possible to take that next step.”

Habergham also backs Gunn's seniors to make their mark after last season's Championship relegation.

He said: “I think everybody at the club believes we can do well this year and be a good side in League One although we know it will be tough because there are some good teams around.”

t Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn is interested in signing Colchester's Phil Ifil, according to reports.

Ifil, an attacking full-back, started his career with Spurs but after making just a handful of starts for the club had loan spells at Millwall and Southampton. He joined Colchester last January for an undisclosed six figure sum.

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