Grant: Luke doesn't have injury problem
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant allayed fears over Luke Chadwick's fitness after the former Manchester United star completed his loan move to Norwich City yesterday.
Peter Grant allayed fears over Luke Chadwick's fitness after the former Manchester United star completed his loan move to Norwich City yesterday.
"He's a fit boy, it's never been a problem," said Canaries boss Peter Grant. "He just looks tired in the first minute of the match, that's all. That's just his body language - whether he's training or playing in a match he's that way. He can last 90 minutes, that is not a problem."
Chadwick arrives on an initial one-month loan deal from Stoke, with a view to making the deal a permanent one when the transfer window opens in January.
The former Manchester United man was desperate to find a club loser to his Cambridge home, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis suggesting that the constant travelling between home and the Potteries was the reason behind his failure to end matches. That problem is clearly alleviated now, and Grant is happy it is not an issue.
"When you're travelling that distance every day it is not going to do him any good and I can see where Tony was coming from, but it won't be a problem now," he added.
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Chadwick completed a medical on Monday, but it wasn't until yesterday that the relevant paperwork was rubber-stamped by the Football League and Football Association.
The 25-year-old insists he left the Britannia Stadium on good terms.
"I wish Stoke City all the best because the club has been fantastic to me since I joined," he said. "I can't thank them enough for their understanding. They know my desire to leave was nothing to do with them and I just hope the fans also understand that.
"The team is doing great at the moment and I would have loved to have been part of what promises to be a bright future for the club.
"However, I have to put my family first. My wife and children moved back to Cambridge at the end of last season and I've got to say it's been a struggle for me doing all the travelling.
"I've got to admit my performances in training and in matches have been up and down because the travelling and upset has taken its toll."