Full-back George Francomb eyes English loan spell away from Norwich City
Academy product George Francomb revelled in walking away with the sponsor's man of the match champagne on Tuesday night, as Norwich City made safe passage in the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 second round victory over Scunthorpe United.
Despite Simon Lappin's first goal in nearly five years being wiped out within two minutes by Mark Duffy, Wes Hoolahan's second-half penalty proved enough to see off a gallant Iron and see City make League Cup progress at Carrow Road.
It also represented Chris Hughton's first competitive victory since taking over the Norwich hot seat in the summer.
'It was absolutely brilliant – I couldn't believe it,' said Francomb of his man of the match award. 'It was really good to get out there. I've not played here for a couple of years now so it was good to get a good game under my belt.
'We let a soft goal in just after we scored and we were disappointed with that, but we got the goal in the second half and we shut the game out well.
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'The crowd was brilliant; even though it was just a League Cup game they got behind us and we put on a decent performance I thought. They get behind you as a young lad coming through.'
For 20-year-old Francomb, the game brought him his fifth senior appearance for the club having enjoyed a number of loan spells since earning his first professional contract – including the second half of last season at Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian.
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And while he enjoyed his run out at Carrow Road, Francomb is expecting another loan spell this season – possibly in England.
'The plan this season is probably to go out on loan again and get some more games,' added Francomb. 'It'll probably be limited in the league for me here this season, but I can go out and get some more first team experience and just carry on in my career.
'It is a difficult one. You never know, I could get the odd game here – but I can't rely on that. I've got to go out and get men's football. I played up in the SPL last season and I've got to look for a step up from that. I think I'm going to stay in England this year and hopefully go to a club that I can get a good run of games with.
'Obviously the club being this high up now, moving into the Premier League, they've got the funds to bring really good names in and it's hard for us youngsters.
'But we've just got to keep working hard, go out and get games on loan and hopefully in a couple of years we can then be future stars for Norwich City.'