'He could end up in Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan,' Where next for Kyle Lafferty after Norwich City exit?
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Have boots, will travel could be Kyle Lafferty's motto this summer following his Norwich City exit.
The Northern Ireland international is back on the market after he was one of seven senior players released by the Canaries towards the end of the Championship season.
Lafferty’s nomadic career has already taken in stops in Switzerland, Italy, Turkey and Scotland, after bursting onto the scene as a precocious teenage striker at Burnley.
The 29-year-old endured a frustrating spell in Norfolk, making only 11 league starts in three years after moving from Palermo, but his former club captain Russell Martin is backing the livewire to bounce back - despite being deemed surplus to requirements at Carrow Road.
“Kyle is open to anything. He could end up in Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan, anywhere. We’ll wait and see,” said Martin. “Although he hasn’t played here, he has shown with Northern Ireland that he can produce at a good level. Laffs was great around the place. He called himself our team mascot. He makes light of everything but he is desperate to kick on again. I know he wants to try and get close to that goal record with Northern Ireland and win more caps and that is a big motivation for him.”
Martin had to endure a series of goodbyes to many of his long-standing ex-team mates to cap a miserable season.
“There is nothing worse than being relegated when you have worked so hard to get up but in terms of the expectations we had this season, the criticism outside the group, the hyperbole and the mass hysteria it is difficult and it does affect people,” he said. “You need to use this feeling right now to make sure we are not feeling the same thing.
“It is a big summer ahead and everyone needs to come back mentally ready. We all have to know there is a standard and if you slip below that then you get told and then the player who tells then gets backed up by the manager. There is no grey area, this is how it is going to be if we are going to achieve success moving forward. You need to buy into that or Stuart (Webber) has shown he is not frightened to make changes.”