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Neil Adams: Loan moves can be springboard to first-team

14 February 2019

Neil Adams believes attitudes to loan moves have changed and players now know a successful period away from Norwich City could lead to more doors opening back at Carrow Road.

The success of Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell this season in Daniel Farke’s first-team has followed on from both achieving great things whilst at other clubs last year.

Godfrey (pictured below) played 51 games in all competitions at Shrewsbury Town, helping them reach the Checkatrade Trophy final and Sky Bet League One Play-Off final.

Cantwell joined Dutch side Fortuna Sittard in January and helped them achieve promotion to the Eredivisie, ending a 16-year exile from the top tier of the Netherlands.

Loans Manager Adams thinks young players at the Club now view loan moves differently, thanks the journeys of Godfrey and Cantwell.

“It’s a great opportunity for these players now to show us what they can do,” he said to

“If they do well, the opportunity is there, as Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell showed last season.

“They had good loan spells and are now in the first-team.”

City currently have a mixture of senior and development players out on loan and Adams delivered his assessment on a busy January transfer window.

“We’ve got 13 currently out on loan, ranging from young players who are getting their first experiences in senior football right to senior players who need a regular first-team football,” he added.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky this year injury-wise. We’ve had Diallang Jaiyesimi (pictured below) and Savvas Mourgos both doing really well but both done anterior cruciate ligament injuries which has ruled them out for the season.

“We also have Mason Bloomfield out at the moment with a broken arm, right after performing really well on his debut for AFC Fylde. Marcel Franke, Steven Naismith, Sean Raggett and Yanic Wildschut have all had significant injuries this year.

“It’s been frustrating for us but we’ve had some really good success stories. Mason Bloomfield, as I mentioned, Timi Odusina has started particularly well and Simon Power had a really good debut for Dordrecht recently.

“It’s key for us to make sure the players, particularly the younger ones, that they’re exposed to first-team football. That’s what we believe in here - we don’t want players hanging around, so to speak, for too long. If they’re too good for Under-23s football, they need to be playing in our first-team or somewhere else on loan.”

Focusing on the moves of Timi Odusina (AFC Fylde), Simon Power (FC Dordrecht) and Caleb Ricahrds (Tampa Bay Rowdies) in particular, Adams spoke about how the Club came to its decision about where to send the youngsters.

“We had some success with Todd Cantwell (pictured below) at Fortuna Sittard last season and that move was perfect for him because it’s senior football and teams in that league play it out from the back.

“It was ideal for the way he plays. That was similar for Simon Power. It’s a good level out there and playing at Dordrecht will benefit him.

“For Timi, he’s a centre-back and in 12/18 months’ time, he’s going to look very different. He’ll be much stronger and we felt it was the right time to get him exposed to the physicality of the senior game. If we sent him to Holland, he wouldn’t have got tested as much.

“It’s always nice for clubs to do their homework as well. Fylde contacted us and said they had watched Timi for a number of weeks, they seemed very keen. Colin Woodthorpe, my former teammate, is the assistant at Fylde and they showed a real interest in him.

“The most important thing for Caleb out in Tampa is his football. He’s over there to improve and I’m insistent on that being the priority for him.

“He accepts and understands that there is lots coming with the move, but he should also embrace the experience out there.

“It’s fantastic for him, we’ll get plenty of staff out there monitoring him. He played every game during his time at FC United of Manchester and hopefully he can build on that in Tampa.”

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