Norwood ‘can’t wait’ for home debut

Town striker James Norwood is excited to be making his Portman Road bow this afternoon.

The forward is relishing the prospect of making his home debut for Town and he’s also ready for the challenge of scoring goals for the Club as he looks for a third successive promotion.

The 28-year-old striker, whose goals helped Tranmere climb from the National League to League One in two years, is set to make his first appearance for Blues at Portman Road on Saturday, with 22,000 tickets sold already for the visit of Sunderland.

“I can’t wait. It will be nice to get a goal but it’s the result that counts,” said Norwood in an interview in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“I know there are a lot of people out there who are expecting me to come here and score goals and I don’t want to let them down. I’m relishing that challenge though.

 “If I’m not playing football for a purpose then I’d call it a day. I’m here to prove a point as well to clubs to say ‘why haven’t you taken me before?’. 

“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me and said ‘you just haven’t had the chance’. He has given me the chance and now I want to repay him and help take the Club back up. 

“I’m here for three years and hopefully I can do what I did with Tranmere and be successful here. 

“If I can score goals at this level and then if we get promoted, hopefully I can show I can score goals in the Championship as well. I want to play at the highest level I can. There is a sense of realism – can I play at the top level? Who knows but if you don’t aim for it, what’s the point?”

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