Baldock Town boss Luke Gregson hails Josh Coley as talented winger signs pro deal with Championship side Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 16:36 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 25 July 2018

Josh Coley. Photo: Peter Else

Josh Coley. Photo: Peter Else

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Norwich City have signed 19-year-old former Hitchin Town winger Josh Coley on a 12 month deal with the option of a further year after he impresssed following a trial spell.

Josh Coley lines up a shot. Picture: Danny LooJosh Coley lines up a shot. Picture: Danny Loo

Coley, who spent the majority of last season on loan to Baldock Town, will now make the leap from the Southern League Central division to the Championship.

The former York winger top scored with 21 goals in a succesful season as he lifted the Senior Centenary Trophy, as the Reds made it a year to remember by also clinching promotion from Division One of the Spartans South Midlands League.

However instead of playing at Top Field for the North Herts Canaries or New Lamb Road with Baldock at the ground they will share will Arlesey Town during the 2018-19, Coley will now feature for Norwich U23s with a view to breaking into Daniel Farke’s first team squad.

CometSport talked to Luke Gregson, boss of Baldock who developed Coley last term.

Josh Coley on the attack. Picture: Danny LooJosh Coley on the attack. Picture: Danny Loo

He said: “He’s a really nice lad and I couldn’t be happier for him.

“He worked so hard and did everything asked of him.

“Always trying to improve his game and I’m sure it’s the start of a very successful career.

“I’d like to wish him all the very best from everyone at Baldock Town.”

Josh Coley squeezes in between two Aylesbury United players. Picture: Danny LooJosh Coley squeezes in between two Aylesbury United players. Picture: Danny Loo

Coley will train with City’s development squad led by Matt Gill. He featured in the 2-0 defeat by Colchester United at the League Two club’s training ground on Tuesday, just days after the U23 squad routed Borussia Dortmund U23s 6-0.

The deal means Coley becomes the second Hitchin youngster to sign a pro deal with the Canaries following former boys’ school pupil Louis Lomas putting pen to paper earlier this month.

Speaking to the Easter Daily Press Coley said: “Hitchin were my parent club and I had also been at Arlesey Town and Histon Town but I didn’t really play at either of those clubs.

“I was sent out to Baldock last season and was told my situation would be reviewed in December. I knew I needed to just smash it because my main aim was to get into Hitchin’s team.

“By December I had 11 goals and 14 assists and I thought I had the chance to break through but nothing came of it.

“I stayed at Baldock and had an amazing season and I have to thank the club because they have been great to me.”

Coley’s former clubs play each other at Top Field on Saturday, kick off 3pm. See club websites for ticket prices.

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