September 23 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Kyle Lafferty plans to complete his journey from precocious teenage prospect to the finished article at Norwich City.
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.”