Elliott Bennett does not want a bit-part role at Norwich City after sealing Brighton loan switch
Norwich City on-loan midfielder Elliott Bennett would rather play football than just pick up his wages on the fringes of the Canaries' first team squad after making a winning midweek debut for old club Brighton.
Bennett was involved in the Seagulls' match-winner in Tuesday's 1-0 Championship win over Wigan just days after completing a loan switch to the south coast until December 1.
The 25-year-old had struggled to force his way into Neil Adams' plans since starting the opening day league defeat at Wolves after recovering from a long-term knee injury.
'The chief scout pulled me into the office before the Bolton game and said Brighton want you to go on loan and do you want to go?
'He didn't need to ask me, he could have just sent me so I travelled down and I am delighted to be back at a fantastic football club,' said Bennett, who moved to Carrow Road after a key role in Brighton's League One title triumph in 2011. 'I was injured all last season. I tried to work my way into the manager's plans and when the team is doing well you have to be patient.
'After last year it is about playing football. I could sit there (at Norwich) and be happy to be there but I want to play, impose myself and help in some way. This is completely different club to the one I left but it still has the same passion and familiar faces. The size of the place is massive now. It was big before but at the Withdean it only held 8,000. To see 23,000 in the stadium shows the stature of the place.'
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• Norwich City academy product Cameron King has been called into the Scotland Under-21 squad for a friendly later this month against Switzerland.
The 19-year-old made his senior debut for the Canaries in the Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury earlier this season and has also impressed at development level, including a brace in the 3-1 Carrow Road win over Tottenham's under-21s last month in front of more than 10,000 fans.
King will join up with Ricky Sbragia's touring party for the game in Thun on November 18 in what Sbragia views as a key preparation for the 2017 Uefa European Championship under-21 qualifiers, which begin next year.
'This will be an excellent experience for the players, against a very good Swiss team,' he said. 'There are no easy matches in international football, especially away from home. It's recognition for many of the players who have represented Scotland at under-19 level. It'll be good to see how these players progress and if they can bridge the gap.'
• City's development squad host West Ham's U21s on Thursday at Colney (1pm).