Core Sports client Ciaren Jones spoke of his delight at signing a contract extension with Norwich City this week, whilst highlighting his ambition to be making moves in the men’s game within the next year.
Jones, 19, has been impressive for the Canaries in Category 1 at u23s level so far this season and as such was rewarded with a new contract at the Carrow Road side on Thursday.
“I’m over the moon really” Jones told us. ”When i got released close to this time last year, I was a bit shocked by what I was going to do next in my career and I’m just really happy that I’ve been given this opportunity.”
Jones joined up with Norwich in the summer of 2018 from Luton Town and since then, the centre half has gone from strength to strength.
His form was recognised earlier in the season when he was made captain of the side.
“So far this season, I’ve improved my game so much” he said.
“I’ve made a massive step from Category 3 under 18s to Category 1 under 23s and felt like I’ve dealt with it well. Obviously there have been ups and downs but that’s to be expected.
“On reflection, for me, for someone who joined only this year to make an impact like I have I think thats quite an achievement.”
Ciaren was full of plaudits for Core Sports intermediaries Jamie Strong and Alex O’Leary, whom he says have been very supportive of him since he signed with the agency.
“Jamie and Alex have been a really good help for me” he said. “They’ve both come to watch me at my games on numerous occasions and have given me great advice on how I can better my game.
“The most notable thing I’ve developed in my game is my decision making on the ball. At first I was quite rushed in trying to over prove myself to show others I have the ability, but now I feel a lot more comfortable in my ability to handle the step up.”
Moving forward into the future, Ciaren aims to be making strides in the men’s game within the next 12 months.
“I think my next step is to carry on developing the physical side of my game for maybe the first six months of next season and concentrate on parts of my game that need sharpening” he said.
“Then maybe in January going out on loan and getting some experience at mens football as this is ultimately the next step up for me.”