Francomb’s return provides cover

Barnet manager Paul Fairclough admitted he would love to have Norwich City youngster George Francomb back at Underhill if the chance came along.

The 19-year-old academy product has returned to Carrow Road after impressing during his three-month loan spell at the League Two side, where he made 15 starts for the Londoners. Francomb's return will at least give City manager Paul Lambert some natural cover for first choice right-back Russell Martin.

However, Fairclough – who returned to the Bees hot-seat following Mark Stimson's sacking on New Year's Day – acknowledged: 'We'd have him tomorrow if he was going to be allowed to come out on loan again. From my perspective, having just come in, he is certainly the type of player I like because he's a passing full-back, he wants to play, wants to get the ball down, wants to join in with the play, and I've enjoyed him being here.

'I would have liked the opportunity to work a little bit longer with him, but I do understand why he has been brought back and we'd just like to thank Paul Lambert for allowing him to come out. It was very good of them and he's been a real ambassador for the club.'

Francomb's return to Norwich leaves two members of Lambert's professional squad out on loan, with Cody McDonald (Gillingham) and Tom Adeyemi (Bradford City) remaining with the League Two clubs until the end of the season.