Kyle Lafferty looking to prove his education at Norwich City; Robert Snodgrass’ exit to be confirmed this week

Burnley's Kyle Lafferty (left) and then-Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand battle for the ball during the side's Championship fixture in the 2007-08 season. Lafferty will now sign for Norwich on Tuesday. Burnley's Kyle Lafferty (left) and then-Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand battle for the ball during the side's Championship fixture in the 2007-08 season. Lafferty will now sign for Norwich on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 29, 2014
10:04 AM

Kyle Lafferty cannot wait to prove what he has learned on the continent, when he turns out for Norwich City.

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Kyle Lafferty cannot wait to prove what he has learned on the continent, when he turns out for Norwich City.

Having gone through the youth ranks at Burnley and spent four years at Glasgow Rangers, the Northern Ireland striker was still just 24 when he embarked on his European adventure.

A season apiece at Swiss side FC Sion and eventual Italian Serie B champions Palermo kept Lafferty occupied, before his new three-year deal at the Canaries was signed on Friday.

And having already played in the Championship as a teenager with the Clarets, the lanky striker wants to return with a bang at a City side among the favourites for promotion to the Premier League next season.

“The first six months in Switzerland I enjoyed – I was playing good football and I was probably the fittest I’ve ever been in my career,” said Lafferty.

“Then I got the move to Palermo, and it’s been a great year for me. I scored goals and my performances were good. It’s probably one of my best seasons of my career. I played in a good team and we won the league, which was important for the team and the fans, to get into Serie A.

“I’ve learned being in Italy that it’s more tactical over there, so it’s probably helped my game a lot and I’m excited to come here and take what I’ve learned in Switzerland and Italy into playing for Norwich City.”

Lafferty added: “I can’t really remember much about the Championship – it’s quite a long time ago!

“I think I started when I was 17 and I went to Rangers when I was just turning 21, so I had a good three years there and I thought I did reasonably well in the Championship at that age.

“I’m expecting it to be a lot tougher now, but I believe I’m a better player than I was then so I’m excited to be here and to be able to give it another go.”

Meanwhile, Robert Snodgrass’ £7m move to Hull was delayed over the weekend due to paperwork.

However, City’s player of last season is still expected to complete his move back to the Premier League with the Tigers this week.

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  • On the "education" front, I think young Michael Bailey was `avin` a laaarf yesterday: In my Pink `Un, he headlined a piece "Lafferty does not need any education..etc", while, in an edition of The Evening News I saw in a Norwich hostelry, it said "Lafferty doesn`t need no education". I think Michael should be applauded for reacting humorously to comments, even though his masters veto them. Or was the `Evening News` actually printed before the EDP, and the EDP version was an `Ooops! - retro-correction`? Perhaps young MB had been listening to his Pink Floyd album....

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