A popular figure with the club’s supporters, England C international attacker James Norwood is one of the biggest talents currently plying his trade outside of the Football League.
Signed from Exeter City in the summer of 2011, Norwood has made a big impression in his second spell with Rovers having previously been on loan with the club in August 2010.
In the last two seasons he has finished as the club’s leading goal scorer and was among the division’s top marksman last season.
His goals and all round contribution have made him an important part of the current England C set-up.
In fact the Eastbourne born personality became the first player to score a hat-trick for the Three Lions squad since Mitchell Cole in May 2007.
After failing to earn a professional deal as a youngster, Norwood made his mark in non-league football at hometown club Eastbourne Town.
His exemplary goal scoring record led to him getting a chance with Football League side Exeter City who snapped him up.
He made his debut for the Grecians in front of just under 30,000 supporters at Leeds United’s Elland Road home in a 2-1 league defeat.
Loan spells at Sutton United and at The New Lawn followed including a month on loan at Eastbourne Borough in the Conference Premier.
With only four league appearances to his name at Exeter, Norwood joined FGR permanently in June 2011.
A steady first season was followed by a number of excellent campaigns. He ended the 2012-13 season with 17 goals and the 2013-14 campaign with 19 goals.
As well as representing the England C team, Norwood has also turned out for the England Schools under-18’s set-up where he scored at Wembley in an international against France.
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