Kamara keen 'to make a statement' after joining Norwich on loan

The Sierra Leone forward has moved from Sporting Kansas City until the end of the season and he is looking to impress after making his debut in the draw with Fulham

New Norwich City signing Kei Kamara has warned team-mates and opponents alike that he has come to the Premier League to "make a statement" after making his debut against Fulham on Saturday.

The Sierra Leone forward joined the Canaries from Sporting Kansas City until the end of the season and is determined to show English football fans what he is capable of.

"A lot people are asking 'are you here to stay?' At the same time I belong to Sporting Kansas City, I'm here for a loan and to play a certain amount of games,” Kamara told reporters.

"But, I'm not coming here to say 'OK, I'm just going to p*ss off', hang about and enjoy the league.

"I'm coming here to make a statement to myself that I can do it among players I have watched on television. Now I just have to wait until after all these games to decide what I want to do.

"But that's why I'm here. The coach wanted me here, I wanted to come here, he just didn't want to rush me into things.But that's dreams. For me I'm just honoured to be here."

Kamara comes to the Premier League as somewhat of an enigma after spending his entire football career to date in the MLS, but he explained his background and just how a teenager from Sierra Leone came to playing in the United States.

"I lived in Sierra Leone my whole life, then left after the war [Sierra Leone civil war] ended. I then lived in the Gambia for two years before moving to the US to go to school.

"To get into school and get a scholarship I had to play soccer so I did that and went to college for two years. I got drafted, played in the league for seven years now, and next thing I'm here.

"I was a refugee, so this is a great experience for me and the journey I'm living right now."

Kamara would be in the middle of his pre-season preparation had he stayed in America and believes he will be fully fit for the visit of Everton on February 23.

He added: "I don't really know, but hopefully by the next match I should be ready. Just this morning I was doing some fitness work not thinking I was going to be in the squad, so it's just great to get that call-up and then have my debut at home, that was great.

"But fitness-wise, I'm a guy who is always doing stuff, so I'm not far off."