Norwich City’s James Vaughan is holding fire on future
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Norwich City's on-loan striker James Vaughan insists any talk about his future career prospects can wait until he has helped secure Huddersfield's Championship status.
Vaughan's hat-trick to sink already relegated Bristol City 3-1 at Ashton Gate on Saturday took his personal tally to 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Terriers.
Mark Robins' men still need a point to guarantee their safety ahead of this weekend's home finale against third-from-bottom Barnsley - and that is all Vaughan is focusing on after a successful season-long loan stint.
The 24-year-old still has a year left on his Carrow Road deal but Vaughan knows the Canaries' club-record move for Ricky van Wolfswinkel will make it even harder to force his way back into Chris Hughton's long-term plans.
'Clubs will always sign new players, it's a fact of life in football,' he said. 'There will always be competition for places wherever you are and whatever level you are playing at, and any footballer must be ready to fight for his place. If it comes to it, I will do that at Norwich, but if I end up moving on, so be it.
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'This isn't the time to talk about the future. At this moment, I want to concentrate on keeping Huddersfield Town in this division. I'm sure that if that's achieved, and I'm very optimistic it will be, all the concerned parties will have conversations and see what the best way forward is.'
Vaughan has reaped the benefits from a regular first team football after an injury-hit Norwich career that has seen him restricted him to five Premier League appearances since his summer move in 2011.
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'I've always thought I would be all right if I could get a run of games,' he told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 'I think in the past my injuries have occurred when I've been coming off the bench and not featuring so regularly, but playing so much this season has helped me a lot. Whenever I have had a niggle, the medical staff have been absolutely brilliant – taking care of me and getting me back within days. This is a brilliant club. Everyone has taken me in with open arms here and I've tried to do as much as I can by throwing myself into it.'
Meanwhile, Vaughan's Norwich team mate Chris Martin will not rule out a permanent move to Championship rivals Derby. The 24-year-old is out of contract with the Canaries this summer but has scored twice in a 12-game loan spell at Nigel Clough's Rams since March.
'Yes, I'd definitely be open to it,' Martin told the Derby Telegraph. 'I can't really focus too much on it while the season is going on but I'll be looking to finish strongly and see where that takes me. The fans have been great – and the lads as well.'