Norwich City’s George Francomb excited by loan switch to Hibernian

Norwich City defender George Francomb has admitted it was a 'no-brainer' to move to Hibernian – after joining the Edinburgh club on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old trained for the first time with Hibs yesterday and hopes to figure in manager Pat Fenlon's plans for the crucial Scottish Premier League match away to bottom club Dunfermline tomorrow.

Full-back Francomb has made four first-team appearances for the Canaries, but has not featured since the Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn in August 2010.

He said: 'There were a few clubs in for me but when the gaffer rang me and told me Hibs were in, I wanted to come here straightaway. I know the club's on a bit of a downer at the moment and in the bottom two but I think we can get a few points on the board and get up the table.

'I knew all about the club before I came here because I was in the Norwich youth team with David Stephens. He was telling me how impressed he was with Hibs. Paul Lambert also told me that it would be great for me to come and play in the SPL. He said 'Definitely get yourself up there'.

'Today was my first training session and it was not too dissimilar from Norwich, with good tempo and a real buzz about the place. It didn't strike me as a team near the bottom of the table. Now we have a massive game against Dunfermline coming up and I hope I can get the opportunity to play.'

Francomb played 15 times on loan to Barnet last season and said: 'Now it's about getting as many first team games as possible because I've not played a competitive first team game now for nearly a year.'

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'It wasn't tempting to stay down at Norwich. I've enjoyed it this season, definitely. I've been to Old Trafford, to Anfield, great stadiums around the English Premier League with the rest of the squad, but the bottom line is that I need to be playing games. So it was a no-brainer to come here, really.'

The SPL was also recommended to Francomb by full-back Kyle Naughton, one of those ahead of him in the pecking order at Norwich.

'I room with Kyle on away games and even before I knew I was coming here, he told me that getting to the SPL would be a great experience for me because he'd been up here with Gretna,' said Francomb. 'There were a few clubs in League Two coming in for me but he told me the SPL was far better.'

Francomb is out of contract with City in the summer but hopes to stay on.

'I'm in my last year at Norwich but I think I will still be at Norwich next year,' he said.