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Luke Daley

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Norwich Career: 2004-2011 (Academy then Professional) (14 appearances)
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Date of Birth: 10/11/1989 (Northampton)
Nationality: English

Biography

Luke Daley was originally with the Norwich City academy as a boy but was releaed when he was an under-12. He was recalled as a under-14 but his family then moved to Northampton, limiting his ability to play and train with the academy. He then spent some time with Northampton Town

In October 2005, the academy decided to move the young striker to Norwich in preparation for him joining the academy as a full-time scholar in the summer of 2006. This is the first time that Norwich have moved a schoolboy into digs but Luke's talent was apparent from the fact that in October 2004, he was called up for England Under-15s vs Northern Ireland at Lurgan on Nov 4th

Luke was called up by Glenn Roeder to the first team and was on the bench for the 11th March 2008 clash with Stoke City. He had impressed with four goals from six reserve team starts during 2007/8 and eight goals from his 20 Academy Under-18 games. he was awarded his first professional contract on 4th April 2008

Luke made his professional debut for Norwich as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Carrow Road on 21st February 2009.

On 14th October 2009, Luke extended his contract with the Canaries until June 2012 after playing eight games under new manager Paul Lambert. He finished the season with 10 appearances to his name.

On 21st January 2011, Luke was loaned to Stevenage for one month and made two appearances for the Hertfordshire club, both as substitute. He returned to Norwich on 24th February 2011.

In July 2011, Luke joined Plymouth on trial along with former Oldham Athletic striker Andy Crompton. Luke's trial was successful and he joined Plymouth on a free transfer on 20th July 2011.

Luke was released by the Pilgrims in mid-May 2012. He had made 21 appearances, scoring twice

In August 2012, he trialled with Grimsby, playing against Stalybridge Celtic in a friendly but was not retained. Grimsby manager Rob Scott said "Nothing's going to be done with Luke at the minute. Unfortunately, he's not what we're looking for at this moment in time." He then joined Lincoln on trial and signed on non-contract terms on 10th August 2012. He made his debut the next day in a 1–0 win against Kidderminster Harriers. Daley made five appearances before leaving Lincoln on 29th August 2012.

In early October 2012, Daley signed for Conference side Braintree who include former Canaries Josh Dawkin and Sam Habergham in their ranks.

After making 60 appearances for Braintree, scoring eight goals, Daley signed for Conference rival Dartford on 25th July 2014. He was released by Dartford at the end of the 2014/15 season.


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