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Didnt Crow used to be a Norwich player?



Yeah came through their youth academy..........This is an article from a footy mag about 12 months ago.



He Should Do Well: Danny Crow (Peterborough United)




When West Ham bid £7 million for Dean Ashton, there was no way that Norwich were going to refuse. Yet this sudden transfer resulted in an immediate problem for Nigel Worthington who had to find a suitable replacement so as to keep alive the club’s slim promotion hopes.


His choice ultimately fell on Robbie Earnshaw yet, ironically, last summer Norwich let go a player who could have taken Ashton’s place and potentially saved the club £3.5 million in the process.


Many were surprised when Danny Crow’s contract wasn’t renewed. The young striker had appeared briefly in their Premiership campaign and his goal-scoring ratio for the reserves was such that many identified in him a player who, alongside Ryan Jarvis, would eventually become a regular for the first team.


For some reason, however, Worthington wasn’t of the same opinion and Peterborough managed to snap Crow up on a free.


It took him some time to find his feet – he failed to score in his first eight games for the Posh - with the sudden departure from the club where he had spent the previous twelve years combining with the culture shock of playing in a lower division.


A goal against Macclesfield in October, however, finally got him going and with confidence in his ability growing by the game he has matured into one of the divisions best finishers. Not even the departure of boss Mark Wright, the man who had signed Crow and compared him to a young Robbie Fowler, seems to have had an impact.


Playing regularly has undoubtedly benefited Crow who has quickly come to terms with the physical nature of football at this level. His instinctive ability to know where to position himself and when to time his runs have seen him quickly move up the goalscorer’s charts whilst erasing any doubts on whether he could transfer the form that he had shown at youth level.


It is thanks to his goals that the Posh still hold on to a chance of making it to the play-offs. If they don’t get out of League Two this year, Peterborough fans will hope that they get the opportunity of building a team around Crow and other promising youngsters like Sean St Ledger.


This, however, depends on whether they’ll be able to hold on to them. Having seen two of the division’s best strikers – Grant Holt and Nathan Tyson - move for figures in excess of £500,000 it isn’t unfeasible to expect Crow to command a similar figure. Similarly unrealistic are any expectations that the Peterborough board would turn down any such offer.


Crow, however, will only worry about his immediate future. Having equalled his stated target of 15 goals – an impressive feat for someone who is only just 20 – he will now be looking to score as many goals as possible. Irrespective of where he’ll be playing, that will be his target next season as well. All the time proving just how wrong Norwich were to let him go.

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