Blues youngster named in LFE's 'The 11' for December 2014.
Southend United’s second-year scholar Harry Norman has a reason to smile during a difficult season after being named in the December edition of League Football Education’s ‘The 11’.
Every twelve weeks LFE name eleven starlets who have delivered on and off the pitch, and Norman has taken his place in the most recent edition of ‘The 11’, beating off competition from 1300 apprentices from around the country.
Norman has been missing from the Southend side since early August when he picked up a shin injury and, following complications, the former Leyton Orient youngster has also been set-back by a blood infection.
Having made excellent progress as a tough-tackling central midfielder during the first year of his scholarship, Norman has been restricted to a supporting role from the sidelines, but LFE’s Regional Officer, Darren Bloodworth, spoke about how he is a worthy recipient of the accolade.
“Harry is a young man with a lot of character and determination. He had to deal with news that he may not play again this season but he is battling hard to recover at the moment.
“Despite this major setback he has been completing his education programme from home and deserves real credit for the attitude and resolve he has shown.”
Speaking after the recent match against AFC Wimbledon, Blues’ youth team coach Dave Huzzey was similarly full of praise for the teenager: “The biggest tribute I can give to Harry Norman is that, for a team that has done well this year, we have missed him massively,” he declared.
“He is such a massive attribute to the club and to the youth team. It would’ve been a different story in my eyes if we’d had him in the side. The boys have done tremendously well without him, but it’s been brilliant to see him back in the gym since late November.
“He was quite a skinny lad and quite pale, but you look at him now, coming back, and he is putting himself through the paces with his work-rate. If you speak to any of the medical staff they will tell you that his attitude is spot-on; he’s the first in every morning and the last to leave at night.
“Football means a lot to him, and if anyone is going to recover from the injury he’s got, then it’ll be Harry Norman. Let’s hope he fully recovers and returns as the player he was,” Huzzey added.