Kyle Lafferty aims to prove his worth at Norwich City

Kyle Lafferty's career has come full circle back in the Championship with Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Kyle Lafferty's career has come full circle back in the Championship with Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 16, 2014
7:00 AM

Kyle Lafferty plans to complete his journey from precocious teenage prospect to the finished article at Norwich City.

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The Northern Irish international is in line to make his full Championship debut for the club in Saturday’s Carrow Road opener against Watford after a late cameo in a losing cause at Wolves.

Lafferty burst onto the scene at Burnley in the second tier before earning a big-money move to his boyhood idols Rangers prior to his 21st birthday. Tough times in Glasgow and a nomadic existence on the continent in Switzerland and Italy hardened the 26-year-old, who aims to finally fulfil that early promise spearheading City’s promotion charge.

“I think I made my debut for Burnley when I was 17, just turning 18 and when I was at Burnley there was a lot of talk about how I was one of the young players to watch,” he said. “I played for three years and got the chance to move onto Rangers before my 21st birthday. I took the opportunity to play for the club I supported, but I did some stupid stuff on and off the pitch, which I wasn’t pleased with, but I put that down to my daftness. I had to go outside the UK to make a name for myself again and I felt I did well at Sion and Palermo. I am definitely a better player than when I left. In Italy it is all about technique and working with the ball and that has to help me back in the Championship.”

Lafferty’s close season preparations were blighted by a series of niggles but the striker has had a full week’s training in preparation for the Hornets’ visit.

“I just keep getting little niggles, which I blame on my bed. My back hasn’t been in the best shape sleeping in the hotel but I am moving into my own house now,” he said. “This week I feel good and if I start I’ll have a run at it. It’s who wants it most on the day in this league. I have been here six to eight weeks and the heart and the determination to work for each other is probably among the best of any team I have ever been involved in. Everyone wants to fight for each other and if you make a mistake, you’ll be told, but there will be support as well.

“Even the young lads are not afraid to get involved and to put a tackle in on the older pros in training.”

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9 comments

  • A good first half for Lafferty.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Hotel ? Luxury , in the good old days Jimmy Bone got to camp out in the groundsmans store on a pile of condemned goal nets for his first 3 months here , and a sack of chewings fescue for a pillow . Never did him any harm . I expect KL did his back in when he woke in his Palermo bed and saw the horse looking back at him . That Albanian Lady was offering massage again in another Archant organ , the Advertiser , yesterday . Couple of brisk sessions with Ludmilla will soon get him going again . ( Always seems to help me . . . . . )

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • By the power of positive thinking vested in me by Mellow Yellow I predict a hat-trick of goals from Kyle. BRILLIANT! Go for in Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Seems we agree on that, VictorM (see previous post!) ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • All we need now is for Adams to pick him.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Problems in bed; that`s a quaint one... I hope the Club hasn`t been cheapskating on the Hotel bills. The Sally Army doesn`t have a top reputation for comfort. "Bad back syndrome" is a major cause of absenteeism in industry (aka pendulizing the plumbum). Just saying... Kyle; lets see you monster the opposition, like Old Holty did. We`ll all luv ya then!! Fingers crossed Neil actually picks him. Bad back. Hmmm...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I watched his interview on Mustard TV and was confused about the " new bed" question. This has now cleared that one up. I wish him good luck at City. We have a vacancy for a 'new legend'. It's his to take if he wants it.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Glad you're happy Kyle - now score on your home debut and become an instant legend:)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Good to hear you're happy Kyle. That kills one ugly rumour stone dead I'm glad to say:)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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