'It's been a topsy-turvy few weeks' - Canaries loan Husband to League One side until January
PUBLISHED: 18:32 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:32 20 August 2018
Left-back James Husband has left Norwich City on loan until January, joining Joey Barton's Fleetwood.
The 24-year-old was signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2017 for a reported fee of £500,000, which could potentially rise to £1m, but failed to settled in Norfolk.
The former Fulham and Huddersfield loanee made 21 appearances during his first season under City head coach Daniel Farke but has fallen out of favour at the start of the new campaign.
He joins League One side Fleetwood, who appointed controversial former Manchester City midfielder Barton as their manager this summer, and has been given the squad number 26.
“It’s been a topsy-turvy few weeks,” Husband admitted. “I played the first game for Norwich and then certain conversations were had at Norwich, I heard of the interest of Fleetwood and pretty much just pressed the button because it’s a place I want to be for the next few months.
“It’s an up-and-coming club at the moment, obviously with everything going on, the new manager, the players and especially the training ground and all the things like that, it’s the place to be at the moment in this league.
“I knew a few of the lads from before, so I’ve spoken to them and the boys seem good.”
Asked what he will bring on the pitch, Husband continued: “I’m a left-sided left-back who will hopefully get up and down and cross a few footballs.
“I’m just here to help the team as much as possible, obviously play a few games consecutively, which I’ve struggled with in the last couple of season. When I put everything together this place will be perfect for me.”
Husband joins former City back-up keeper Paul Jones at Fleetwood, who joined the Cod Army this summer after his Canaries contract expired.
Barton told the Lancashire club’s website: “We are really pleased to have James with us at Fleetwood Town.
“He will add more competition at left-back, and brings Championship level experience to our team. He is fit and ready to go, and I can’t wait to see him in action for us.”
Barton has fielded right-back Lewie Coyle, on loan from Leeds, at left-back for the first three games of the season. Husband trained with his new team-mates at the club’s Poolfoot Farm training ground on Monday.
He started City’s first Championship game of the season at Birmingham but was taken off in the 63rd minute of that 2-2 draw and hasn’t featured in any of the three games since, including a League Cup game against League Two side Stevenage.
He wasn’t chosen for the home 4-3 loss to West Brom, with right-back Ivo Pinto chosen ahead of him and Farke saying “James wasn’t there with the best performance at Birmingham” when explaining that decision.
With Jamal Lewis since returning to fitness and playing all of Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Sheffield United, Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber have allowed Husband to leave, potentially leaving space for a new left-back option to arrive on loan before the August 31 deadline.
Leeds-born Husband made 73 appearances for Doncaster when he was younger, including a full League One season when he was 18 years old, going on to join Middlesbrough for around £500,000 in 2014.
He spent time on loan at Fulham and Huddersfield during 2015-16, as Boro sealed Championship promotion, but a shoulder injury saw him make just one Premier League appearance before joining Norwich last year – signing a deal until 2020.
He joins a Fleetwood team who have picked up four points from their opening three league games and who edged past Crewe on penalties in the Carabao Cup to set up a trip to Premier League side Leicester City in the second round.
He could be straight into league action on Wednesday though, for a trip to Scunthorpe United.
“I’m fit and ready so when I’m needed I’ll be ready,” Husband continued, speaking to Fleetwood’s official YouTube channel.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what happens, obviously the boys have been doing well so I’m not expecting any sort of fireworks, from me especially if I’m playing from the start. So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.
“Everyone knows that English football is Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday, so it’s not easy but it’s enjoyable, especially if the results are bad because you can turn them around straight away.
“I’m looking forward to the next few months and hopefully they will be a good few months.”