SEXTON Manor Community Primary School student Tarek Elomri has been tipped to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer after signing a contract with the Norwich City Under-9 academy.
The youngster was spotted playing at a tournament at Brandon while the Walsham-le-Willows Under-8s side last year and was invited to take part in a trial with the Premier League Canaries’ youth team.
A successful trial led to Tarek joining Norwich’s elite team, a youth team for players under eight, and after a year with them has now been given the chance to sign a one-year contract with their full academy side.
Tarek’s mother, Claire, spoke of the family’s pride of the news and revealed his excitement of taking his first foot steps to emulating his sporting hero, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
“We are very proud of him because he has worked so hard,” she said.
“He has always loved football and has always played as much as possible. It’s just his life.
“He has had a year with the elite team at Norwich and is being given the chance to carry on with the academy.
“Tarek is very excited but he knows he has to work hard. Every boy dreams of becoming a pro footballer and he is no different.”
Norwich City youth officer Colin Watts, who worked with Tarek in the Elite team and was part of the decision to offer him a contract to his academy, explained what the youngster can expect in the next year and stated his belief that he has all the right attributes to seek a future career in football.
“When we spotted Tarek at a tournament in Brandon, he already looked the part,” he said.
“He is a centre forward who can score goals, is athletic and is very good on the ball.
“We have decided to offer him a yearly contract with our academy, which can be renewed up until the under-12s.
“Most of our games are London based against professional clubs such as Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenahm and will be a six vs six or seven vs seven format.
“I certainly believe he has the potential to have a successful career in football.
“Even at this early stage you can see he has the ability, is a very good athlete and has that confidence without being arrogant, which is also important.”