Harry Norman: My Career so far / Joining Ramsgate FC / Captaining the Side / Expectations Set of Myself
Harry Norman joined Ramsgate FC in January 2020 and has since played a massive role at the club under Matt Longhurst.
Speaking for the club website, the 23-year old midfielder discussed his career so far, joining Ramsgate, captaining the side and the expectations set of himself.
Talk me through your time with Leyton Orient and Southend United...
Harry Norman: “Playing for Leyton Orient and Southend United helped me develop massively as a player - technically and tactically. I was playing with and against some top players and that pushed me further.”
“Most of my time at Orient I played out of position a lot as a full-back and centre-halve but I didn’t mind as it helped me in the long run. I then moved to Southend United as a midfield scholar.”
“Playing football at Non-League level has taught me to be very thick skinned and that football is a strictly result oriented business. It’s all or nothing.”
What convinced you to join Ramsgate FC?
HN: “After an invite through a mutual friend I had a chat with Matt. The set up of the club and it’s objectives as a whole persuaded me to join.”
“I hadn’t played Isthmian South before due to my location but I’ve enjoyed it so far and look forward to seasons to come when things pick up again.”
You’ve featured in every single game since joining the club. How does that feel?
HN: “It is a good feeling that I start every game - especially coming in as a player from the North league. I haven’t got a name for myself here.”
“For Matt and the management team to believe in me and my ability is a big thing.”
What is the long-term target Matt has set at the club? Are you confident you’ll achieve it?
HN: “This season the target is to ensure our safety in the division. Next season, wait and see.”
How did it feel to be named captain for the first time against Faversham? You then went on to win 3-0...
HN: “It was a big honour to lead the team out against Faversham, even better to get a win.”
“Matt decided I needed that boost to get me going but also believed in my ability once again to get the others going. However, credit goes to the boys for putting in such a good shift that game.”
What personal expectations have you set of yourself to achieve during your time with Ramsgate?
HN: “I had a very tough start to my season, missing two-months with a knee injury. I want to get back to my best, gain some rhythm and consistency and enjoy playing football for Ramsgate.”
“But the most important thing is to help the club achieve its goals and earn promotion into the Isthmian Premier division. I want to play a massive part in doing that.”