'This is a club I could imagine staying at' - Heise enjoying life back in Germany
PUBLISHED: 19:44 05 February 2020 | UPDATED: 19:56 05 February 2020
Philip Heise is loving life back in Germany, and has admitted he can see himself signing for FC Nuernberg on a permanent basis.
Heise joined the 2.Bundesliga side on a loan deal for the remainder of the season in January after failing to become a regular member of Daniel Farke's first-team squad.
He signed for Norwich City on Deadline Day of the January 2019 transfer window from Dynamo Dresden, but he is yet to register a single league appearance for the Canaries.
His only outing arrived in the Carabao Cup in August, where City were beaten 1-0 by League Two side Crawley Town.
The 28-year-old featured predominantly for City's Under-23 side before joining struggling Nuernberg in January.
Heise joined during the winter break before making his debut on Saturday as the German side beat SV Sandhausen 2-0. The left-back played the entirety of the match and it was his cross that Michael Frey headed into the net to give the host's the lead.
Following the game, Heise explained his feelings following his debut: "It was an indescribable feeling. I was nervous and felt like I was a ten-year-old allowed to kick around with my friends again."
Heise's family have remained in England during his loan stint, with the German reluctant to disrupt their education. With that in mind, he is sharing a flat with reserve keeper Felix Dornbusch.
FC Nuernberg travelled to Spain for the winter break, but Heise was unable to train consistently due to injury. He is now hoping to find his rhythm on a consistent basis to help Jens Keller's side climb clear of the relegation zone.
"It annoyed me when I could only train twice in Spain. I switched here to show my performance and to focus on myself again. But now everything has gone well.
"This is a club I could imagine staying at. But that is not just my decision, but also that of Nuernberg," Heise told Bild following his debut at the weekend.
Saturday's victory leaves Nuernberg sitting 13th in the table, two points clear of VfL Bochum in 16th.