City duo's future unclear

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City will have to play the waiting game for a while yet before they are able to settle the future of two top players. Midfielder Jason Jarrett's future is uncertain after a disappointing first season at Carrow Road, while goalkeeper Paul Gallacher has yet to decide whether to extend his stay in Norfolk.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City will have to play the waiting game for a while yet before they are able to settle the future of two top players.

Midfielder Jason Jarrett's future is uncertain after a disappointing first season at Carrow Road, while goalkeeper Paul Gallacher has yet to decide whether to extend his stay in Norfolk.

Jarrett's position won't be resolved until the end of the month when his loan spell at Preston North End officially comes to an end and although the move was made with a view to a permanent transfer, Norwich yesterday confirmed that no deal would be done until after May 31.


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The 26-year-old made the temporary move to Deepdale in early March and helped the Lilywhites to the play-off semi-finals. Preston's season ended on Monday when they lost the second leg 2-0 - a match Jarrett missed after playing in the first leg.

However, there appears to be little future at Carrow Road for Jarrett, who has yet to reproduce the form which helped Wigan into the Premiership and persuaded manager Nigel Worthington to sign him a year ago on a free transfer.

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He has made just nine league and cup starts for Norwich - but has started 16 games during loan spells at Plymouth and then Preston.

Worthington may be far more eager to keep hold of Gallacher, who was an impressive stand-in for the injured Robert Green in the final four matches of the season.

Gallacher's contract is due to expire this summer and although talks have opened, the former Scotland number one has yet to decide whether to stay for another season.

The problem essentially revolves around the presence of Green and his occupancy of the number one shirt. Gallacher wants first team football - and his place back in the Scotland international set-up, which is why a move back to his homeland may appeal.

He has been linked with moves back to Dundee United, Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, while Green has been celebrating his England World Cup call-up, there has been international disappointment for City's player of the season Gary Doherty.

The 26-year-old defender was in top form for the Canaries last season, but has again been overlooked by new Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton.

Staunton named a 29-strong squad for a friendly against Chile and a training camp in Portugal this week - and while it was larger than usual to give more players experience of the international set-up, there was no place for Doherty.

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