Timi Odusina, the captain of Norwich City’s U23s, has signed on loan at promotion-chasing AFC Fylde until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old defender, who can play as a centre-back or as a full-back, joins the club following experience in the Canaries’ U23 side, where he has clocked up 29 appearances in the Premier League 2.
He joined the Norwich academy following his formative years spent with Arsenal, progressing through the U16’s whilst managed by Norwich legend Darren Huckerby.
“The link with Norwich and the fact we have been in close contact with them regarding Mason has really helped with this one,” said manager Dave Challinor.
“Timi comes very highly recommended and is a player they have really high hopes for.”
“He captains their U23 team and will give us good options and flexibility defensively as someone who can play at centre half or in full-back positions and I’m sure he’ll fit in really well.”
Highly rated in the Norwich set-up, Odusina was an unused substitute in the Canaries’ 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday in November.
This move, however, presents him with his first chance in senior football, and it’s one he can’t wait to get his teeth sunk into.
“What excited me the most about the move was looking at the table and seeing that we were right in the playoffs,” said Odusina.
“It’s every player’s desire to be fighting for something, and in making the step up and having something to fight for, it gives us that extra momentum.
“The games against Wrexham and Solihull Moors really excite me, as they are massive games.
“But the bigger the challenge, the more I rise to it, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and playing.”
AFC Fylde take on Wrexham at Mill Farm this Saturday.