Kris Joseph Renton
(born July 12 1990
) is a young Scottish footballer
who plays as a striker for Norwich City
. He is most notable for being the youngest player in Norwich
Youth team at Norwich
Having been spotted playing in the summer
in Scotland playing for Musselburgh Windsor by Academy scout Karl Brady, Renton began the 2006/07 season
in the youth team
. He spent some time away though, being named in the Ireland Under 17s
for a European Under 17 Championship
qualifying tournament in Baku
in Autumn 2006
, but made his debut at that level for Scotland Under 17s
in February 2007
against Northern Ireland
Towards the end of the campaign, he progressed into the Reserves at Norwich, making his debut on February 21 2007 against local rivals Ipswich. He scored his first goal for the second string on April 24, 2007 against Southend.
Early senior appearances
He was named on the bench for the first time on March 31 2007
. Should he have played, he would have broken Ryan Jarvis
' record as Norwich's youngest ever player, at just 16 years and 262 days. Norwich Academy manager Ricky Martin said that Renton's call up to the first team
provided a massive incentive to other players in the youth side. City manager Peter Grant
told the club's website that Renton was due to make his debut as a second half substitute in the Colchester game, but Grant was unwilling to throw on a debutant with the side struggling in the course of a 3-0 defeat.
He did however make his debut in the 2-1 win at Leicester coming on in injury time at the end of the second half, on April 14 2007, making him the youngest ever player to appear for Norwich City, beating Jarvis' record by 6 days, aged 16 years 276 days. Renton made his full debut three days later at Burnley, replacing the injured Darren Huckerby in starting line-up after he hurt his back in the warm up.
For the start of the 2007/08 season, Renton was back playing with the Reserves and the Under 18s, and was scoring regularly. But against Chelsea Under 18s on October 6 he suffered a broken leg, which is expected to keep him out for an extended period of time.
On July 16 2008
, having recovered from the broken leg which kept him out for most of the previous campaign, Renton signed his first professional contract with Norwich City, lasting two years.