Norwich City signed York City's 18 year old midfielder Ben Godfrey on 15th January 2016 on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The 18-year-old made 15 appearances for the Minstermen, scoring one goal.
Godfrey was part of the youth system at Middlesbrough when he was younger, before starting a scholarship with York in 2014 and going on to captain the club’s under-18s.
The midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, turned down two chances to sign professional terms with the Minstermen and his youth contract was due to expire at the end of the 2015/16 season.
York manager Jackie McNamara, confirming the news on York’s official website, said: “While we wanted to keep Ben long-term and offered him a two-year contract that proved difficult once there was interest and Norwich came in for him. Ben’s mind was made up however and I, like everyone at the club, wish him all the best in the next step of his career.”
West Brom, Hull, Cardiff, Derby and Barnsley have all previously been linked with making a move for the teenager
Ben made his Norwich debut as a substitute in the 6-1 win over Coventry in the Football League Cup on 23rd August 2016, also scoring City's final goal. He finished the 2016/17 season with 6 games and 1 goal to his record.
On 24th August 2017, Ben joined Shrewsbury on loan. Impressive form for the Shrews saw him linked with Premier League side Southampton, Swansea and West Brom in mid-December 2017. Similar rumours resurfaced on 16th June 2018 with Swansea, West Brom and Crystal Palace linked with him following an impressive season for Shrewsbury in which he made 35 appearances, helping them to the League One play-off finals and the Checkatrade final.
Godfrey scored his first league goal for Norwich in the 4-3 home defeat to Derby County on 29th December 2018.
His form for Norwich earned him a call-up to the England Under-20 squad and he made his debut against Poland on 21st March 2019. He then played for them against Portugal. He was also linked with a £10million move to Manchester United. He was then linked with a £10million move to French giants Paris St Germain.
Ben finished the 2018/19 season with 36 appearances and four goals as Norwich won the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.