Growing pains all part of Todd Cantwell’s bid to make it at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 15 March 2018
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Todd Cantwell admits it has been tough leaving home behind, but the Dereham youngster is ready to make sacrifices to fulfil his dream of playing for Norwich City.
Cantwell is earning headlines during a productive loan stint at Dutch second tier side Fortuna Sittard.
The 20-year-old has been a key figure in recent games as Fortuna look to launch a late title push.
Cantwell made his senior Norwich debut in the FA Cup at Chelsea in January before sealing a loan move to Holland he views as a platform to get into Daniel Farke’s plans next season.
“The way they play is similar to how we’re trying to play back at Norwich,” he said.
“There’s a lot of patient possession play, so I’m thoroughly enjoying the role I’ve been given. Although the move came out of the blue a little bit, it really suits me.
“I knew a loan was a potential option and as a group we decided Fortuna was probably the best option for me. They were keen to take me and it rolled on from there.
“It’s been tough, coming out to a different country, but that’s part and parcel of growing up off the pitch. This move is only going to help me in the long-run.
“I’ve been at Norwich my whole career, I love the club and my goal is to come back and play in the first team. I’m sure I’ll look back on this as one of the best experiences of my career because it’s given me a stepping stone.”
Cantwell, speaking to Norwich’s official site, has had to adapt to life in a new country.
“The boys all speak English which is great - but not so good for my Dutch,” he joked. “It’s a very hard language to speak, believe me, but I’m trying to learn a few bits.
“I needed the opportunity to show what I could do and I’m thankful to everyone for making it happen. I’ve just got to concentrate on helping the team now for the rest of the season.
“I’m looking to score some more goals, and as a team we’re still striving for the championship. As long as that goal is still available, that’s what everyone here will be pushing for.”