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New signing Norris aiming to shine at hometown club

Wed 15 Nov 2017

Former Aberdeen teenager Norris has signed until the end of the 2018/19 season Former Aberdeen teenager Norris has signed until the end of the 2018/19 season

 

New Peterhead signing Aaron Norris is determined to make up for lost time and impress at his hometown club.

The teenage midfielder has signed an 18 month contract with the Blue Toon, after a frustrating spell out injured.

Norris underwent a double groin operation following the advice of Ross County where he had caught the eye of the Dingwall coaching staff over the summer.

By the time his injury had been fixed, County had changed their manager and, subsequently, their plans.

The 19 year old said: “I was training with Peterhead before I got the operation and afterwards, I got another opportunity and managed to prove myself to get a contract.”

“I needed to get both groins operated on, although I did not actually know at the time how serious it was until I went to Ross County.”

“They told me it was quite serious so I really had to go and get myself sorted out and then I was training with Peterhead to get back fit.”

The Peterhead-born youngster will feel he is due a change of fortune after he was released by Aberdeen’s under 20s at the end of last season.

But Norris hopes dropping down to part-time football can help re-launch his career, assuming he can adapt to the physicality of the SPFL.

Norris, who shunned Dundee’s advances in order to break away from youth team football, said: “There have been a few players who have stepped down and moved back up the ladder again so hopefully I can do the same.”

“Peterhead are a really good club so I am chuffed with this move.”

“It will be challenge for me and I am expecting the football to be a lot more physical, but in training the standard has been good.”

“If I stick in, I think I will do alright.”

Neat and tidy in possession, Norris was initially used by Paul Sheerin’s young Dons as a wide player before moving in-field.

The rookie, who has represented Scotland at youth level, also captained Aberdeen for several of their Development League games and believes he has picked up good habits.

Nicknamed Aero, Norris continued: “I work hard, have good energy and hopefully I can be a tricky player for opponents.”

“I would probably say I am a central midfielder but I am also comfortable playing wide, although not as an out-and-out winger.”

“It has been a good while since I last played so it will take me a bit of time to get my match fitness up but when that happens, hopefully I will take my opportunity.”

Having a familiar face in the dressing room will help the midfielder settle in, with Ellon-based Marc Lawrence also part of Jim McInally’s squad.

Norris added: “They are good bunch of lads at Peterhead.  Most of them are a bit older than me but I know Marc.”

“He was with Aberdeen previously and he is a really good pal of mine so I think having him around will be a good thing.”

 

By Glenn Moir