Lafferty: I may quit Norwich to save my Euro 2016 hopes

Date published: Sunday 11th October 2015 9:53

Kyle Lafferty: Not getting the game time he would like at Norwich City

Kyle Lafferty: Not getting the game time he would like at Norwich City

Kyle Lafferty has admitted he may ask to leave Norwich in January if he is to claim a place in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad.

The striker’s seven goals were a huge factor in Michael O’Neill’s side qualifying for their first major tournament since 1986, but he has struggled to get a look-in this season at club level.

Norwich boss Alex Neil has used Lafferty just twice – both times as a substitute – since the player returned from a loan spell in Turkey.

And Lafferty, quoted in the Sunday Mirror, said: “I took an option to go out on loan in the second half of last season and maybe it’s backfired. It put me out of the picture for a while.

“The only thing I can do is keep scoring goals for my country and make an impact for Norwich. If it is time to leave I’ll take the opportunity.

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

Neil has started Cameron Jerome as a lone striker in all but one of Norwich’s league games this season, and Lafferty is also competing with Lewis Grabban, Gary Hooper and Dieumerci Mbokani.

Hooper has been linked with a loan move to QPR and Sheffield Wednesday, but Lafferty admits he will soon review his own future at Carrow Road.

“I’ll give it until January then sit down with the boss,” he said. “Cameron Jerome is doing a fantastic job, but I can too.”

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