Loan deadline day: Norwich City youngster Remi Matthews joins Doncaster; Kyle Lafferty’s future to be decided

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews. Picture: Denise Bradley

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Norwich City youngster Remi Matthews has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.

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Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has taken the 22-year-old to the Keepmoat Stadium to help in the club's League One survival bid.

Matthews, who was handed a new contract with the Canaries last summer until 2017, is keen to gain more first team experience with the likes of John Ruddy, Declan Rudd and Jake Kean above him in the pecking order.

The Gorleston-born keeper, who has been with City since he was 10 years old, spent the first half of the season with inBurton Albion where he made six appearances – keeping a clean sheet against Doncaster in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in September.

He could now feature for Rovers in their next League One match, at Colchester United on Friday night, ahead of a home clash with Blackpool on Monday.


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'It's a massive game for the club and then we're straight at it again on Monday. They're two huge games where we need six points,' Matthews told Dancaster's official website, with the club currently a point from safety and inside the relegation zone.

'I knew straight away I wanted to come here. I wanted to play for Darren Ferguson, he's a big name in football with a good reputation.

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'I can see straight away that he has faith in me, and that's a great opportunity for me on the field as well as to work alongside him.'

Doncaster completed the move before Thursday's 5pm deadline.

Eyes will now be on Kyle Lafferty's movement with the Northern Ireland international heavily linked with a move away from Norwich.

Manager Alex Neil has said he would be happy for some of his fringe players to be loaned out if it suits the Canaries and Sheffield Wednesday are keen to take the player for the rest of the season with a view to a £1.5m summer move.

Leeds boss Steve Evans has made no secret of his admiration for the player but he appears to have been hijacked by United's Yorkshire rivals.

Lafferty is away on international duty ahead of friendlies against Wales this evening and Slovenia on Monday as he looks to get some much-needed game time ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill revealed plans earlier this season of Lafferty undergoing a specialist fitness regime before the finals if the striker was unable to force his way into Norwich's first team.

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