Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:33
Kyle McFadden has praised Chris Hughton's impact on the Norwich academy as he targets a first-team debut in the new season.
The 18-year-old second-year scholar from Donegal has enjoyed a successful time at Carrow Road since joining the club as a 16-year-old after being named the FAI Under-16 player of the year.
McFadden played a key role in the Under-18 Youth Cup triumph at the end of last season with academy manager Ricky Martin and Under-18s coach Neil Adams taking the plaudits.
However, the youngster claims Hughton's input into the youth set-up is also paying dividends and is poised to ensure a bright future for the club with regards to quality players stepping into the first team.
"I love it at Norwich," said McFadden in the Irish Post. "Chris Hughton has been brilliant with me since he came in as manager. He has shown a lot more interest in the youth team than Paul Lambert did and I know I can always go to the manager about any problems I may be having or to ask where I need to improve my game.
"He is an Irish legend and as a Spurs fan I'm well aware what he achieved as a player. He has told me he doesn't have another centre-back like me at the club and has said he thinks I could do a job as a defensive midfielder.
He added: "My target next season is to try and get on the bench or play in the League Cup for Norwich."
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