Norwich goalkeeper Aston Oxborough has extended his contract through until June 2022, with the option of a further year.
Oxborough, 21, has been with the Canaries since 2010, coming through the club’s academy.
Currently on loan at National League South leaders Wealdstone, Oxborough hopes he will be able to make the most of opportunities ahead when football finally resumes again following the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s a big step for me to sign for another two years. It’s what I’ve been working for over the last two seasons, so I’m delighted to sign a new deal,” Oxborough said on www.canaries.co.uk.
“It’s been going well at Wealdstone so far this season. We’re sitting top of the league and have been for most weeks of the season. I’ve had some really good experiences, so I’m grateful to them for taking me.
“Hopefully football can come back and we’ll win the league, but we’ll see what happens.”
Norwich are bottom of the Premier League and six points from safety with nine matches left to play.
Oxborough hopes he can eventually follow the likes of full-back Jamal Lewis and midfielder Todd Cantwell in breaking through to Daniel Farke’s first team.
“It’s good to have players like Jamal and Todd to look up to, knowing that pathway is there, that’s the aim – to try to emulate what those boys did,” said Oxborough, who recovered from a broken thumb suffered during November.
“In recent weeks, we’ve been doing our own gym programmes that Norwich have given us to keep fit.
“Another benefit to my loan is that I’ve been playing senior games with Wealdstone and then continued training at Norwich with the experienced Premier League players. That’s been great for my development.”
Number one Tim Krul proved the hero in the penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham which secured Norwich a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Canaries were set to face Manchester United at home last Sunday, but now face a wait for a return to action with all football currently on hold.
Along with the rest of the first-team squad, Dutchman Krul has been keeping himself fit away from the club’s training centre.
“It is really strange, we have got some group chats going on with the staff and individual ones with players,” Krul said on BBC Radio Norfolk.
“They are keeping us up to date as much as they can, but I think we are all a bit the same, just waiting for updates from the BBC and the Prime Minister.
“It has been a crazy experience; we will just have to pull through together.
“It is difficult when you are trying to prepare for something, but we don’t really know when the next game is going to be.”