Hitchin lad Louis Lomas signs pro contract with Norwich City as the talented teen says: ‘The hard work starts now’

PUBLISHED: 15:55 24 July 2018

Louis Lomas has signed his first professional contract with Norwich City as majority shareholder Delia Smith looks on.

Louis Lomas has signed his first professional contract with Norwich City as majority shareholder Delia Smith looks on.

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A talented Pirton teenager who attended Hitchin Boys’ School is adapting to life as a professional footballer after signing a deal with Championship side Norwich City.

A talented Pirton teenager who attended Hitchin Boys’ School is adapting to life as a professional footballer after signing a deal with Championship side Norwich City.

Highly-rated Louis Lomas, 17, has earned his first contract as a full-time player, having impressed as a scholar over the past few seasons.

The starlet signed on the dotted line at the East Anglian Canaries’ home ground of Carrow Road with majority shareholder Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones alongside him.

Louis received praise after he committed his future to the second tier club with well-respected former Norwich player Darren Eadie praising him, saying his great attitude, work ethic and willingness to listen was top class. He added he would chart Louis’ progress with great interest.

A delighted but modest Louis told CometSport: “I am delighted to sign my first professional contract with Norwich City.

“I could not have achieved this without the support from friends and family.

“I’m really looking forward to next season.

“The hard work starts here. I am determined to work as hard as I can to progress with the U23s this season, including, hopefully an appearance or two in the Checkatrade Trophy.”

What has made good-natured Louis stand out from other talented yong players is his attitude and temperament – vital to his hopes of playing for the first team.

The down-to-earth talented teen has a tremendous work ethic and desire to improve, which allied alongside his natural ability and technique marks him out as a real prospect.

The cultured, ball-playing centre-half told CometSport: “My defender I admire and most base my game around is John Stones. I’ve been watching the World Cup and England did so well. It was great to see.”

Louis was one of only two players to have signed professional terms a year earlier than many of his contemporaries.

Norwich academy manager Steve Weaver dsecribed the signing, saying: “It’s a nice occasion for everyone involved – the families, the lads and for Delia and Michael to meet them. You don’t get too many owners of a football club coming to events like these. It’s an exciting time for all the young lads.”

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