7th Dec, 2016

James Maddison determined to succeed with Sky Blues before departure to Norwich

Steve Carpenter 3rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TEENAGER James Maddison is determined to help the Sky Blues win promotion despite knowing he will leave his boyhood club this summer for Premier League strugglers Norwich City.

The 19-year-old will move to Carrow Road at the end of the season after the Sky Blues accepted a last-minute offer on deadline day for the academy graduate.

Maddison had been a target for several top flight clubs in recent weeks and three Premier League clubs expressed an interest on Monday.

But a bid believed to be in the region of £2.5million, which could rise considerably higher with clauses, was reluctantly accepted by the League One club.

And as part of the deal, Maddison will immediately be loaned back to the Sky Blues in a bid to help Tony Mowbray’s side secure promotion to the Championship.

“I can promise I will give everything I have to help gain promotion for my hometown club Coventry City,” said Maddison. “A club that has made me the player and person I am today and I am truly grateful to every single person who has had a part to play in my development.

“CCFC is a club that will forever have a place in my heart! But not just the club, the fans as well.

“To every single one of you who has supported me since the first time I was on the bench as a 16-year-old, I can’t thank you enough and hope to repay you with promotion this year. We as a city deserve it.

“It’s been an honour to wear the sky blue shirt of my own city and I will continue to wear it with pride for the remainder of the season.”

Maddison joined the Sky Blues academy at just seven years of age and progressed through every age group to sign professional terms with the club in November 2014.

He made his debut against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup in August 2014 and went on to make 18 appearances during the 2014/15 season.

The attacking playmaker scored a crucial goal in the 2-1 win over Crawley Town on the final day of the season to help the club secure it’s League One status and has already made 12 appearances so far this season.

Fans expressed their anger at the club’s decision to sell another one of its academy products, with many venting their fury on the social networking site Twitter.

But the club’s executive vice chairman, Chris Anderson, said the club did not want to stand in Maddison’s way and confirmed the money received will be put back into the football club.