Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty feels he may have no choice but to leave Norwich City

Is Kyle Lafferty about to turn his back on Norwich City? Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

Is Kyle Lafferty about to turn his back on Norwich City? Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Canaries striker Kyle Lafferty admits he may have to leave Carrow Road in January.

Lafferty has been on fine form in his country's successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring seven times in nine appearances and leading the line with aplomb – but he has been unable to command a first team place in Alex Neil's side.

The 28-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Turkish side Rizespor, has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football under Neil and, with the need to be match sharp for next summer's tournament in France, Lafferty knows he needs to be playing.

'It's frustrating. I'm doing the right things, heading in the right direction, but you can only do so much,' he said.

'If you're not getting a chance and you're doing the maximum, then you have to ask yourself a question.

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'Norwich and the fans have been brilliant with me and I'd be sad to leave.

'But I've got to think about myself, my family, my career. If it is time to leave I'll take the opportunity.

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'There's no point in me sitting in the stands or playing for 15 minutes when there's a massive tournament coming.

'I think I'll give it until January then sit down with the manager. I think I can do a job.

'Norwich play with a target man and Cameron Jerome is doing a fantastic job.'

While Jerome may be the man in possession of the starting spot, there is also competition from Dieumerci Mbokani and Lewis Grabban.

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