July 23 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, March 28, 2014
Chris Hughton is urging Jacob Murphy to make the most of his loan stint at League Two play-off hopefuls Southend United.
Murphy has linked up with fellow Norwich City academy product Jamar Loza after agreeing a Roots Hall deal until the end of the season. Both have previously been out on loan in recent months, along with the likes of Cameron McGeehan and Adel Gafaiti, and Hughton insists it is vital the club’s new wave make their mark. Loza impressed for the Shrimpers earlier this week with a goalscoring home debut in a 3-0 League Two win over Oxford.
“Jamar played well. I watched the game and his all-round performance was very good,” said Hughton. “He looked what he is, an excitable young man delighted to be playing and scoring. He received the man of the match, which was a nice boost. Sometimes it works out well for them the first time they go out on loan and with others it takes two or maybe more loans, but it is an invaluable experience for young players.
“I want them to go and play really competitive football because you find out a lot about them. Some we feel come back and are ready and others perhaps need to go out again. It is also about making sure it is the right club for them and we consider that a crucial factor with any loan.”
• Loza intends to repay Southend boss Phil Brown after earning his chance to boost Southend’s promotion push.
“I was really psyched up for the game and was hungry for the chance. Phil Brown gave me that chance. I wanted it so badly when I was out there,” said Loza. “I’m just looking forward to the next one now.”