Manager may not field new signings

Peter Grant has to decide whether to throw City new boys Mark Fotheringham and Simon Lappin straight into the Championship fray against Leeds.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Peter Grant has to decide whether to throw City new boys Mark Fotheringham and Simon Lappin straight into the Championship fray against Leeds tomorrow .

The Scottish midfielders were unveiled on Wednesday's transfer deadline day and were introduced to the Canaries squad for the first time yesterday, at the Colney training centre.

And while Grant is short of numbers, he insists he will take his time over a decision on the new boys, although fitness is not an issue.


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“Simon is no problem and Fozzy is no problem, because it is only in this window that he has come back home and he has been training fully with Rangers so he is no problem fitness-wise,” said Grant.

“Simon has played 25 out of 27 games or something this year with St Mirren. His last game was at the weekend and it was fortunate because they were talking about him not playing because he had a strain and could have missed the game. But he played and got through unscathed.

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“They are ready to start, but the thing you always have to manage is if you put new boys in and then there is a mixture in the team as well. We have to be careful how we utilise that. The boys who have been working with you constantly know all about you. The boys that have just come in are trying to learn it all and get to know the players.

“They will be meeting some of the players for the first time today. For Simon it will be the first time he has seen the group. All these things I have to take into consideration over today and tomorrow, so that's why the team won't be named until Saturday morning.

“I have got plans in my mind what I will do. Whatever way we do it I will put a team out there I still feel will produce a performance and get a result.”

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