Talented Lewis Sullivan has taken his first steps on the road to professional football after signing with Norwich City’s academy.
The youngster was spotted playing at a tournament in Norwich while with Bury Town Under-8s this year and was invited to take part in a trial with the Premier League Canaries’ youth team.
After impressing youth officer Colin Watts, the youngster, who was already part of Colchester United’s player development programme, was immediately offered the opportunity to join Norwich’s elite youth team, where he has signed a one-year contract.
A former Arsenal fan, now fully-fledged Canary, the Beyton-based attacker can look forward to impressing in games against fellow professional Premier League clubs such as Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham.
His mother, Sandra, spoke of the family’s pride of the news and revealed his excitement of taking his first footsteps to emulating some of his favoured stars, including Manchester United star Robin van Persie, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Canaries’ front man Grant Holt.
“It has all been a bit of a whirlwind if I’m honest, but it is very exciting,” she said.
“It is a big deal for Lewis but he’s so down to earth that he is not getting carried away, he knows he has to work hard and that anything can happen.
“Colin Watts was full of praise for Lewis and said he had seen something in him and would like to invite him to the academy.
“They were so impressed with Lewis that they wanted to sign him straight away.
“It still seems surreal but we have celebrated as a family, even his 11-year-old sister who doesn’t really like football has said how proud she is of her little brother.
“We’re all extremely proud but I don’t think Lewis realises how big an achievement this is. He is so grounded that he just doesn’t want to show off and just wants to play.
“The only thing he is sad about is not being able to play for Bury Town anymore, he has made some special friends there and we would like to thank John Byford who has been extremely supportive.”