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Futures of Norwich City’s fringe men is not Neil Adams’ priority

Norwch City keeper Mark Bunn wants regular first team football. 
Picture: Simon Finlay.

Norwch City keeper Mark Bunn wants regular first team football. Picture: Simon Finlay.

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Norwich City boss Neil Adams understands the frustrations of his fringe men but equipping the Canaries’ for a Championship promotion push is the only priority.

Seb Bassong, Luciano Becchio and Mark Bunn were all notable absentees from the 24-man squad who travelled to Italy for what has now become a two-game tour, which began with a 13-0 win over part-timers SC Vallee d’Aoste.

Bunn featured at Braintree in the 6-1 friendly victory prior to his team mates departing for the Canaries’ training base in Chatillon Saint Vincent, whilst Becchio was on duty at Dereham. Adams realises his decision to leave the trio behind fuels the growing belief they are poised for summer exits – but only if it is right for all parties.

“Everyone knows the squad that is out here and we have players pushing for first team places more than others. As and when the (transfer) window closes everyone will know where we stand,” he said. “I don’t really want to talk about individual players because that can attract interest from other clubs and we don’t want to give others a competitive advantage or give things away when you are dealing with transfers.

“It is fairly clear there will be players here who will be attractive to other clubs. I appreciate supporters and the media want to know these things but we don’t want to end up in a situation where we give the game away. That applies to all the lads, not just the ones here or at home.”

Adams revealed Bunn’s desire for regular football could be the deciding factor in his future, with John Ruddy the undisputed first choice.

“Mark’s situation is he is in the last year of his contract here and he wants to play first team football and rightly so. I can understand that,” said Adams.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to bring Remi Matthews out along with Declan (Rudd) and have them competing for the number one shirt. Mark is in that mix as well but it is better for him to play and train with the 21s rather than come out here and play 45 minutes perhaps in nine days. It is in the best interests of the player and I feel we are well covered in that department.”

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