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Cambridge stopper pens new deal

Cambridge United goalkeeper Will Norris has signed a new three-year deal with the club, according to BBC Sport.

It is a remarkable turnaround for the 22-year-old, who spent the first half of last season on loan an Vanarama National League outfit Braintree Town.

But his season-long loan with the Iron was cut short in January and he played 21 times for the U’s during the remainder of the campaign.

Norris originally joined Cambridge from non-league Royston Town in 2012, making his U’s debut in a January 2014 victory at Tamworth in the Football Conference.

He has since made 39 league appearances in total for United and their Director of Football Jez George believes the new deal is a fair reward for the player’s efforts.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: “Will fully deserves a new contract. It’s good reward for his performances.

“I think Will fully justified the faith Shaun had in recalling him almost as soon as he can after becoming the manager and installing him as first-choice.

“Will’s performances just underlined what we thought of him. He’s a young goalkeeper with great potential, he’s a fantastic lad and works really hard at his game.

“That mixture of hard work, dedication and talent usually means success and we’re really hopeful he’ll have a long and successful career.”

Norris was in fine form in 2015/16, keeping 19 clean sheets in a total of 49 appearances between his time with Braintree and back at Cambridge.

The young goalkeeper had previously been on the books of Northwood and then Hatfield Town, as well as enjoying two further loan spells back at Royston between 2012 and 2013.

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