Kyle Lafferty looking to prove his education at Norwich City; Robert Snodgrass’ exit to be confirmed this week

Burnley's Kyle Lafferty (left) and then-Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand battle for the ball during the side's Championship fixture in the 2007-08 season. Lafferty will now sign for Norwich on Tuesday. Burnley's Kyle Lafferty (left) and then-Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand battle for the ball during the side's Championship fixture in the 2007-08 season. Lafferty will now sign for Norwich on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 29, 2014
10:04 AM

Kyle Lafferty cannot wait to prove what he has learned on the continent, when he turns out for Norwich City.

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Kyle Lafferty cannot wait to prove what he has learned on the continent, when he turns out for Norwich City.

Having gone through the youth ranks at Burnley and spent four years at Glasgow Rangers, the Northern Ireland striker was still just 24 when he embarked on his European adventure.

A season apiece at Swiss side FC Sion and eventual Italian Serie B champions Palermo kept Lafferty occupied, before his new three-year deal at the Canaries was signed on Friday.

And having already played in the Championship as a teenager with the Clarets, the lanky striker wants to return with a bang at a City side among the favourites for promotion to the Premier League next season.

“The first six months in Switzerland I enjoyed – I was playing good football and I was probably the fittest I’ve ever been in my career,” said Lafferty.

“Then I got the move to Palermo, and it’s been a great year for me. I scored goals and my performances were good. It’s probably one of my best seasons of my career. I played in a good team and we won the league, which was important for the team and the fans, to get into Serie A.

“I’ve learned being in Italy that it’s more tactical over there, so it’s probably helped my game a lot and I’m excited to come here and take what I’ve learned in Switzerland and Italy into playing for Norwich City.”

Lafferty added: “I can’t really remember much about the Championship – it’s quite a long time ago!

“I think I started when I was 17 and I went to Rangers when I was just turning 21, so I had a good three years there and I thought I did reasonably well in the Championship at that age.

“I’m expecting it to be a lot tougher now, but I believe I’m a better player than I was then so I’m excited to be here and to be able to give it another go.”

Meanwhile, Robert Snodgrass’ £7m move to Hull was delayed over the weekend due to paperwork.

However, City’s player of last season is still expected to complete his move back to the Premier League with the Tigers this week.

33 comments

  • On the "education" front, I think young Michael Bailey was `avin` a laaarf yesterday: In my Pink `Un, he headlined a piece "Lafferty does not need any education..etc", while, in an edition of The Evening News I saw in a Norwich hostelry, it said "Lafferty doesn`t need no education". I think Michael should be applauded for reacting humorously to comments, even though his masters veto them. Or was the `Evening News` actually printed before the EDP, and the EDP version was an `Ooops! - retro-correction`? Perhaps young MB had been listening to his Pink Floyd album....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Obviously there is no such thing as a devine right to go straight back up, but would love to see a board and management plan in place to give it our best shot - this appears to be totally lacking. I think 26000 fans each home game in the Championship is looking too much like a "cushy number" to our board and owner. I want an owner, board and management team, along with players who are out to prove that in the next 3 to 5 years we can be fighting for mid-table in the EPL and maybe the opportunity to play in Europe. Passion is not just a a few "worse than death...." statements to the EDP

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Snodgrass should go to Hull, awful place! A fitting move for a player who played mostly for himself , he will get a lot of opportunity for that in Hull.

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    Brycland

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Like you and AiG, Brew, I was retro-deleted (and got a 'naughty boy' email) but I notice that 'Tykes' has now become 'Clarets' in this article so all is good again.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Nile. Nihilism. H0monym. I don`t beliiieeeve it! Is this what you were trying to say to Egyptian Canary on another board, LincsCan? If so, thank you very much. I do get fed up of explaining relatively simple jokes to folk. Takes all the fun out of it. Your method of getting posts past Archie was originally credited to The Crab - "The Crab Fragmentation Technique". I think what happened to yours is down to one Fragment perhaps containing a "rude word", as defined by Archie`s Book-burning burghers. Perhaps they embrace h0moph0b!a? Wither (sic) H0mo sapiens? In the context of the original topic, "h0m0ph0ne" is as apt as "h0m0nym", pr0bably. Ye G0ds ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • So it has, el dingo - the "due payment" thing. On another board, both `Adams Is God` and I were retro-deleted, but Archie left the dullarderic responses in place. Some misguided person thought I was having a go at Archie and suggested I was "on something". Of course, that`s not at all offensive. Nor is wishing a fellow contributor dead. You sometimes get the feeling that Archie has multiple standards. Or no standards at all. Or is that just standard practice in the Parish Newsletter industry? I hope Olsson stays. I agree with everything malaga flier says. We do not have a divine right to go straight back up. Neil has been left a car-crash by Hugh Trollderwood, and if he achieves the miracle of immediate promotion, he deserves the Freedom of The City. (Joe Royle could be so important here). Machianalli had a business plan, which Lambo ruined by getting promotion too soon. He was duly punished and eased out by Hyacinth. Chrissy achieved the budgetted relegation within that 7(?)-year plan and was duly rewarded by being chucked out so it isn`t on his CV. Looking back, if Krughton had managed to engineer a 1-0 home win over WBA, we`d still be in the Prem for another season at The Big Trough. Now Olsson could be going there. I really hope not and I doubt it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • We mustn't get carried away with the mantra that we will bounce straight back to the Premiership. As as been said here, the club first has the legacy of CH to banish from the minds of the players. Secondly, we will probably start with a much-changed team who will need to get used to each other and the style of play. Thirdly, we must not forget that there are a lot of very good teams in the Championship who have some very experienced, quality, players and who are used to the rigours of this league. So while I am hoping for the best, my head tells me we may well need a season of two of adjustment. And anyway if we do return too early, would be up to the challenge? It is a massive leap in performance levels with many Premiership clubs having true world-class players on their books. Talking of the Prem I wonder how Southampton will cope with so many of their best players already gone?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Don't worry Brew - my helpful proof reading hints apertaining to this article got me relegated - oops, I mean deleted. Didn't realise helpful criticism was offensive or whatever - I never read mod emails anyway, so ya boo sucks all round. Looks like Olsson might be off to WBA - hope he's got more sense tho.

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I could have sworn I posted a gentle jest about Lafferty improving his education at Archant Tower, but it`s been retro-censored. No problem, though, with an eldritch 1p5wich troll being accepted eh, Archie?. Btw, La Snott, is "absloutley" a new word to describe the behaviour of The Portaloo Lane fans? Though I cannot imagine many of those louts have discernible `abs` or spend much time in a `ley`. Yet there is an obscure `plough` connection in the etymology of `ley`. Dullard`s Prize for Spelling to Lizzy Boredom.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Neil Adams has made a good start, according to one or two posts on here. Well I wasn't aware City had actually played any games yet. There is no point getting excited about the new signings until we see them play - remember how exciting it was to have signed Van Wolfswinkel, Fer and Hooper . . .

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • B Inners

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Absloutley spot on Michigan Canary! What quality you do have is leaving and you continue to spend high fees for very average journeymen.

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Thanks for getting the `Sticky Rs" joke, DJ_F ;-) I`d used it a couple of times already, but no "takers". Stew may have got it too, but his comments are so tangential, he has me baffled, as is often the case. Good ol` Uncle Stew! I`m also in the Michigan camp, but also with el dingo`s proviso + I wouldn`t like to see the club go down the "Sugar Daddy\Oilygarch" route. Btw; I`m also beginning to wonder if those other two appointments will be made. Perhaps, with Neil`s Uncle Joe on board, NCFC feel they have it covered? I read in the Pink `Un Midweek Q&A a comment from The Padster: "Plus Joe Royle`s appt (sic) almost fulfils many of those aspects". Remember, Paddy is a centrist, not a mere peripheralist like we lowly fans. In the know.... Too many cooks maybe.... eh, Delia? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I'm with Michigan on this one, with the strict proviso that we must collectively be patient with NA and his team, however difficult that might prove. I do wonder when - or if - the two new appointments will be made.

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I'm sorry, but still think NCFC board and owners are in the "3rd division south corner shop" mentality when it comes to managing a football club in the English Premier or Championship leagues. We'll buy a few semi well-known names and hope they fit in. I have not seen anything in the statements or behavior of the directors or owner that says "we know what we are doing" over the last two seasons. I repeat - we got lucky for a few years with PL. Please prove me wrong.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Agree Niceone that the signing of strikers suggests others soon to depart. Suspect NA and staff would like to hang on to one of those (strikers) we already have. RVW could be the unexpected jewel in the crown. Hooper scored a few last season in a poorly set up team. Becchio has been effective at Chump level. As for Wes staying, Stew, that would be fine by most fans. Hope he has a change of heart.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Surely a start has been made in selling the 'best' players Lincs!....or getting them off the wage bill!....Snodgrass departs..followed by Bassong, Fer and Tetty....Offers will be made for Ruddy, Turner, Olsen, Hooper and RvWW!....I think Wes will settle down now, and we could have a strong Irish contingent with him Laffety and Pilkington.... They will all meet up this week and I think many issues will be settled!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • I think NA has set his stall out early, which is fine by me, but we have to take the view that it is going to take time to reverse 20 months of mismanagement that preceded his tenure. Remember that Rome, or Palermo, was not built in a day and it is going to take a while to untangle the mess left behind by CH. Pleased we are signing strikers at the moment which probably means that departures are imminent from this department. I would like to see us retain RvW as I think that we have wronged him by asking him to play for CH and putting him out on loan is akin to a lack of faith on NCFC part that we have the resolve and determination to rectify the harm we have done to his development. He will serve us well in the Championship and score goals and I think that NA shares that view. I am not unhappy at the imminent departure of RS as I think it was inevitable after the loss of his friend the inept CH. I bet he has a clause in his contract at Hull that says he must take all the penalties and free kicks they get. MO should have been player of the season last year and I hope he is retained by any means possible.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Now we have this wealth of strikers on the books what will the "management team" (minus recruitment\technical director) do next? Well, nothing if the squad is deemed strong enough in all depts and there is no need to sell. But are we really that cash rich? What still does not add up for me is we have parachute payments of £60m spread over 4 YEARS to compensate for loss of £60m tv money per SEASON. Our wage bill last season was £45m, so no problem with £60m coming in, big problem with only £15m coming in. No wonder McN spoke of relegation being football equivalent of death. Okay, he says all players have a pay cut clause to cover playing in the Chump but would it not be easier to sell the best players and bring in new ones who have not had their heads (and wallets) turned being in the PL? Grabban and Lafferty fit that bill and might tell us where the bar has been set. (Cue the "bar" jokes).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Will we now play 4-1-5, with five strikers now available. Who will have to leave to make way?

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    Barry from Spain

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Don't criticise the management until we see what transpires. I will be extremely disappointed with the club if they let our better players go, especially after saying out loud that City do not need to let any players go and want to return to the premiership at the first go. We will soon see how honest or devious the management and Board are.

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    goldie

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • …..Hi Mich.!....You may be jumping the gun with your assessment of the new management team!....We have recruited a couple of decent possibilities-on paper anyway- and they are doing right in saying 'fare ye well' to those unwanted in the coming season....Snodgrass will be joined by others in the next couple of weeks, and without further incomings, I am of the opinion that those that remain will be good enough to challenge for promotion....The shot in the arm will come from the management, and the direction they are given....We could do with a strong communications person who kept the 1000s of us up to date with happenings on a regular almost daily basis.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • …..One of the ways to return to free flowing 'R's Brew is to cover all of the letters on your keyboard with a capital 'P'...Not always easy as you know....don't rule out the forward slash ....I've tried it with 'T', but that seems to make things worse!....'Y' ? I wish I knew the answer!.....Will this be moderated by man or machine?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • I agree on the Olsson front - we must keep him. I think he will be brilliant in the Championship. Although disappointed Ruddy was dropped from the England squad in favor of Woy's favorite, I think he can consider himself lucky to have been distanced from that squad. However, not the end of the world if he leaves for a large transfer fee - he did not have the best of seasons. Rest of the squad, we just need some decisiveness out of the management team quickly, otherwise the sqaud will pick itself based on who has drifeted in and out. Not impressed with our new management team in terms of off-season work so far.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Sticky R's never pleasant MB.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Gives. Time for a new keyboard. I became accustomed to my sticky Rs, but now the S sticks, as to a blanket.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • You are so right there, JimHow. Becchio must be worth £3m. NCFC must close the Carra Charity Kiosk. It works in reverse to proper Charity shops. It buys goods in, then give them away. Though I do anticipate a huge profit on RvW.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • I hope either hooper or rvw stay,cant see both of them being here come august.As for becchio who knows,suppose we could have four strikers + loza?surely all Adams has to do to keep Olsson and co is to put a huge transfer fee on them,like Blackburn have for Rhodes,might keep the vultures off.Ruddy and Olsson are two that must stay imo.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Lafferty gives us a different option which is good to see. All this talk of who is leaving, I think we are making a bad mistake if we let Benchio walk out for a small fee. He is proven at Championship level, 20 odd goals before we signed him. Let him go out on loan till Jan, clause he cant play against us and get a worthwhile fee for him. Sicknote Vaughan and C.Martin done it in Champ and we got nothing worthwhile for either. Hope we have learnt.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Canarygirl, not sure anyone remembers where Becchio plays any more - been so long - poor bloke. Lots of deals are done prior to 1st July but only announced then. I think we will see plenty of activity in the very near future. Would not want to see Olsson go - should have been POTS imo. Another central defender should still be the priority and either a committed Wes or replacement. Off topic, does anyone know how the Dereham Town match tickets are arranged. Will be on my way back from our exotic Sheringham beach holiday that day. Would love to see the game.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Lafferty looks to be a good signing for us; he seems very keen to prove himself in the football league and I think will help to give us some strength at the front. With regards to players leaving; other than Snodgrass its all quiet at the moment. Correct me if I am wrong but I was under the impression that Ruddy, Hooper, Fer and Ricky VW had openly committed themselves to staying with City and helping to get us back to the PL. As for Becchio, isn't he an attacking midfielder? If that is the case I would have thought it would be in our best interests to keep him on board. I like what I see at the moment and am looking forward to the new season. NA has made a good start. Onwards and upwards. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • El dingo; there must be a "club-record" angle somewhere. The height of Kyle`s wife? The tallest recruit of a non-existent Director of Recruitment? Football management by prestidigitation. Magic. Good luck, Kyle. Be good. Keep away from Prisoner of War Road.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • What we are waiting to find out is what our strike force will be when the season kicks off. Departures could leave us with the possibility of Lafferty and Grabban as first choices with Loza as back up. Will the Snods money be used to buy Rhodes or to strengthen other depts. WBA rumoured today to be after Martin Olsson. Bournemouth still want Surman. Speculation persists with Ruddy. Can the club play hard ball and hold on to those they want to keep? July will play a big part in answering these questions and setting our levels of expectation.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

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