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Lucien Mahovo Signs with Norwich City: A Farewell to Notts County


Lucien Mahovo, the promising 19-year-old defender who emerged as a star at Meadow Lane, has officially joined Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Mahovo, who signed his first professional contract with Notts County in December 2022, leaves for the Sky Bet Championship after making his league debut on the final day of the last season. Speaking to Canaries TV after his signing, Mahovo expressed his enthusiasm for the move.

"Brilliant, it’s a great club, it has brilliant facilities, and I am so excited to get ready and get going," he said.

Notts County’s board of directors issued a statement reflecting their pride in Mahovo’s achievements and the role the club has played in his development.

“While we’re very keen to see academy graduates like Lucien go on to establish themselves in our first team, we should also take pride in our ability to nurture young talent in a way that attracts interest from clubs in higher divisions. Having progressed well since his arrival in the 2021-22 season, Lucien thoroughly deserves the recognition this move brings for him – and we’re very happy with the structure of the deal."

The statement also recognised the collective effort involved in Mahovo’s growth: “We’d like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone in our academy who was involved in bringing Lucien to the club and his development thereafter.”

Mahovo’s journey at Notts County began after his stints in the academies of Manchester United and Sheffield United, where he initially shone as a winger. On moving to Meadow Lane, he quickly adapted to a new role as a central defender, impressing both fans and coaches alike.

He signed a professional contract shortly after making his senior debut in an Emirates FA Cup qualifying fixture against Coalville Town. His experience grew further with a 90-minute appearance against Lincoln City in last season’s EFL Trophy, and a loan spell with Boston United before stepping in to cover defensive injuries at Forest Green Rovers.

Reflecting on his time at Notts County, Mahovo had nothing but heartfelt words. "I absolutely loved it there, I spent a good three years of my life there. They took me in when nobody else wanted to, and they have made me the player I am today, so I am so grateful for the opportunities they have given me, and it was a good ending," he shared.

As he embarks on this new chapter, Mahovo is eager to bring his loan experiences to the forefront to make a solid impact at Norwich City. "I think the men’s game is completely different to what the Under-21s bring and when you go there you come out a different player. I think I have learned a lot of valuable lessons when going out on loan, and I am ready to apply them here," he added.

Now settled at Norwich, Mahovo is set to make the most of pre-season. "I am so excited, looking around the club today the facilities are fantastic, and I am so eager to use them, so I am ready to get going whenever," he remarked.

Notts County wishes Lucien Mahovo all the best as he moves forward in his football career, carrying the pride of Meadow Lane with him to higher grounds.

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its always sad to see a young player leave but at least this is a step in the right direction for him, he should be able to go on and make a good career for himself. norwich city will be a fantastic opportunity for him.

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This transfer was unexpected. It appears that Notts County is planning to invest more in the first team with the transfers of Lucien Mahovo and Tiernan Brooks. This is a great opportunity for the young player, one that neither he nor the club could turn down. I wish him all the best.

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One problem with modern football is that every transfer fee is undisclosed, leaving us to wonder if the club got a good deal for the young player. From Lucien Mahovo’s point of view, he must be thrilled. The move is very promising for a 19-year-old. I hope he doesn’t end up sidelined but instead makes his presence felt. He might be loaned out before Norwich City gives him a chance.

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The move suggests that Norwich City is planning for the future. It’s less of a risk and a big step up for a young player. Lucien Mahovo will be eager to prove himself at a higher level. If Notts had held onto him, we might not have seen his full potential. It makes sense for us to accept the transfer, but I hope the fee is fair. I’m not expecting a large sum, but a fair price would be nice.

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Lucien Mahovo’s transfer to Norwich City is a significant step in his career. At just 19, he’s shown incredible promise, and moving to a Championship team is a testament to his talent. Notts did a stellar job in his development, making this transfer a proud moment for the club. It’s also commendable that Norwich City sees potential in nurturing young talents like Lucien. I’m optimistic that he’ll adapt well to the new environment, benefiting from advanced facilities and higher-level play. Well done, Lucien!

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Sorry to see him go. He has huge potential. It is a great move for him and I wish him luck with Norwich City 

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Lucien Mahovo's transfer to Norwich City is a noteworthy development. At just 19, he's already garnered attention in higher divisions, which speaks volumes about his talent and dedication. Notts County has played a crucial role in his growth, and their pride in his achievements is entirely justified. Moving from a club like Notts to Norwich, which boasts better facilities and competitive football, will be a great experience for him. 

This move highlights the importance of academies in shaping young players. Notts County can take pride in having nurtured Lucien to this point. On the flip side, it's a brilliant opportunity for Lucien to prove his mettle at a higher level. If Norwich City can offer him enough game time, I believe he can develop into a prominent player in English football. Looking forward to seeing his progress!

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I’ve seen him play for the youth team, where he did fairly well. However, from what I remember of his time in the first team, he often seemed nervous. I wish him the best of luck. He’ll need to develop a strong will.

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