Gill knows his Norwich City time is nearly over

Canaries midfielder Matt Gill admits his time could soon be up at Carrow Road. The midfielder – out of contract in the summer – has struggled to break into Paul Lambert's midfield and has been allowed to join League One strugglers Walsall for a month.

'I am out of contract in the summer,' he said. 'Who knows, but I'd be very surprised if I was offered anything at Norwich so we'll have to wait and see. I am playing for my future.

'I'm 30 years old, so I need to play as many games as I can and do as well as I can. Usually it looks after itself, but sitting in Norwich reserves wasn't going to help me so I needed to get out and play.

'The lads there are doing unbelievably well and the manager has been a different class. He's been excellent with me and gave me an opportunity to go to Peterborough earlier in the season.

'With the strength and depth in the squad he felt it was better for me to go and get some games.'


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Gill was former boss Bryan Gunn's first signing of the summer two years ago after City were relegated, joining on a free transfer from Exeter City.

He made eight League One appearances, having started in midfield alongside Owain Tudur Jones in the ill-fated opener against Colchester United, and spent two months on loan at former club Peterborough earlier this season.

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Gill – one of seven City players out on loan – has swapped a team riding high in the Championship for one struggling at the very foot of League One, but insist he can take some positivity from Carrow Road to the Bescot Stadium.

'I didn't need convincing at all – it's a good opportunity to come and play and help the lads out,' he said.

'I want to be as much help to the gaffer as I possibly can. I am very grateful to him getting me in, it gives me an opportunity, and also to our gaffer at Norwich who's given me the chance to go out and play.

'There are eight games this month so I should be flying fit by the end of it.

'I would like to think I've got a very positive mentality. That's what has helped me at Norwich – the gaffer likes to be surrounded with positive people and I'm sure this one does as well. I am going to be as positive as I can and everyone just needs to enjoy the football. I don't like to look too far in the future. If I can be any help to the gaffer I will, and then we'll see after that.'

Gill's move was one of three conducted by City on Friday, with Tudur Jones joining Bradford and Luke Daley heading for Stevenage.

'I found out about it late on Thursday night, drove over Friday morning and had a quick session before we travelled,' said Gill, whose first game was a 2-1 defeat at old club Exeter.

'The lads have been welcoming and it's been OK. A couple of members of staff at Norwich know (manager) Dean (Smith) and I knew Azza (Aaron Lescott) through a friend of a friend. I don't know too many of the boys, but they have been brilliant since I arrived. Dean just wants me to be bubbly and as positive as I can, it's important everyone keeps positive.

'I'm pleased to have got a game under my belt. I've been playing a bit of reserve football and it's always difficult stepping up into a first team game and we're disappointed with the result.

'Exeter was a good place to make my debut, I felt very comfortable. It's weird, football seems to turn up the fixtures when you least expect it. It was good to come back and I'm pleased to come.'

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