Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty plays down bad boy image

Kyle Lafferty is focused on Norwich City after his spell in Italy ended on a sour note. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Kyle Lafferty is focused on Norwich City after his spell in Italy ended on a sour note. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 15, 2014
1:18 PM

Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty is adamant his bad boy image is wide of the mark.

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Lafferty’s summer move from Palermo came with a parting shot from the Italian club’s chairman, who claimed the Northern Irishman’s antics off the field made him ‘unmanageable’.

The 27-year-old has already earned himself a reputation as a bubbly character inside the Canaries’ changing room, but Lafferty knows when to get serious.

“I like having a bit of banter off the pitch, I won’t deny that, but once I step over that white line and I have to go and do the business I will 100pc for the team,” he said. “I treated everything that was said at the time when I moved as a bit of joke really. I don’t know how I could be away from the club for weeks at a time when I was always there on the bench or starting games, I think I started 24 games last season. I did pick up a few injuries, where I didn’t train and I looked after myself and worked hard on my own, but it was a bit embarrassing to hear all that stuff.

“I know why they said it. The fans were not happy at me being sold. They were basically covering their own back. That is how I see it.”

Lafferty owes Norwich for giving him a chance to return to England after spells in Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.

“I always wanted to come back at some stage and when a big club like Norwich come knocking on the door it is a no brainer,” he said. “I didn’t really get to see my children a lot. I could go two or three months without seeing them in Italy so I can see them a lot more.

“The city is nice, the people are friendly and that is what I need. There are a few other jokers in this team so I have settled in well. There is no point coming in and keeping your head down or not speaking to anyone and I have always tried to make my voice heard as soon as possible.

“I will always have a smile on my face, I am lucky to be in this game. I am getting paid for a hobby so why would you go out there with a frown?”

12 comments

  • Yes wearing kit Goss mate so they could still be brought on to play.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Well said, VictorM. Ditch the diamond. Wingers beating full backs, crosses in to the area, and our dynamic duo plundering the goals. If Lafferty grabs a hat trick he can be rewarded with the Three Degrees (just like Prince Charles). Only question then is, when will we see him again?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Well said Mr Laffertty. Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Good to hear Lafferty settled well.Being in a non-sectarian city helps I'm sure.That sectarianism is a worse poison than Buckie.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • They should make the shirts with removable Velcro player names, then if one doesn't do well or is sold on then you can at least change it out, alternatively you could get 'Tea Lady' printed on the back as she will likely be getting called up soon as the squad thins out some more.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • I would Pondy. The ladies would swarm around you, like flies round a pile of manure. Go for it. Just leave Mrs. Pondy at home. Enjoy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • I'm visiting Palermo next month. Better not wear my "Lafferty" replica Norwich shirt.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • In what we have seen so far Lafferty seems to be giving his all. It would be good to see him and Grabban playing together on Saturday with two wide players getting in plenty of crosses. Forget all these complicated mid field systems and get back to a 424 formation. I'm sure the players know that system best having been brought up on it.

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    VictorM

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Erm, Timbo they are sat in the stands mate

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    GossVolley

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • This lad could be the making of us this season. Nearest thing to the Horse since...the Horse ! Don't be too alarmed Ken. He just means he's getting paid to do something for a living, which he would do anyway as an unpaid hobby, if he'd never made it as a pro. More to the point, why is Grabber being allowed to play\train in a heavy watch? If he catches someone in the face with that, they'll know all about it. My old PE teacher Mr. Williams ( a giant no nonsense Welshman similar to our beloved Iwan) would be turning in his grave ( if he was dead). " You don't need to know the time boyo, the ref will tell you when it's over!". Modern sportsmen eh..???

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    Timbo

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • "I am getting paid for a HOBBY" ???!!!! I don't think I will bother turning up to watch a professional football match if all the players think it is a hobby. I can go and watch a pub team if that is what I wanted! A hobby? Perhaps Neil Adams and McNally ARE running the Club on a hobby pub team basis?

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • It was a Sicilian club , if there were problems then why didn't they make him an offer he couldn't refuse ? ( Cue solo trumpet ) . Very glad to hear he likes the city and his present situation , I think many players who arrive here get a shock when they realise the distance to the next real city ; - two hours drive in any direction ; and that they ( and their families ) have to wrestle with a whole new form of english here . Which actually MAY be a contributing factor to why so many of City's overseas signings have struggled to make a mark here . I suppose this article is a defensive exercise to counter the earlier tales of him telling unspecified "mates" what a mistake he made coming here . I truly hope he IS settled , just get out there and score us some goals , please .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 15, 2014

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