Husband’s unhappy City spell comes to an end with Blackpool loan
PUBLISHED: 10:39 26 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:14 26 July 2019
James Husband’s mostly unsuccessful time as a Norwich City player has effectively come to an end, as the left-back joins Blackpool on loan.
The 25-year-old has signed for the League One side on a season-long loan and with his contract due to expire next summer, that means it's highly unlikely he will ever feature for the Canaries again.
Husband was signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2017, reportedly for an initial £500,000 which could rise to £1million.
He was one of the signings during the early stages of Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke's reign but things didn't work out as a City player and he leaves having made just 22 appearances.
As the move was confirmed, sporting director Webber told City's official website: "We would like to thank James for his hard work and professionalism over the two years he has been at the club.
"Although the last year has been difficult, his attitude has never wavered and we would like to wish James well for the future."
After making the breakthrough with Doncaster Rovers the full-back joined Middlesbrough in 2014 but made more appearances for loan clubs Fulham and Huddersfield than his parent club.
It's been a similar story with Norwich, featuring regularly during the first half of Farke's first season in charge but struggling to find form.
After the emergence of academy product Jamal Lewis he faded from view and spent last season on loan in League One with Fleetwood Town, making 35 appearances and scoring once as Joey Barton's team finished in mid-table.
Husband now returns to Lancashire for the remainder of his City contract, a few miles down the coast at Blackpool, after not being given a squad number by Norwich and not being included during pre-season.
The Tangerines finished 10th in the third tier last season and recently brought Simon Grayson back to the club for another stint as manager, after a takeover of the club by Blackpool-born businessman Simon Sadler was completed last month, after the club's controversial former owners were removed earlier in the year with the club in financial crisis.
Husband told his new club's website: "I'm delighted. It's been a long pre-season for me and when I heard of the interest from Blackpool, I literally couldn't wait to get in the car and come over here.
"I had a few conversations with the manager about the ambitions of the new owner and everything like that and the place is starting to look better and better each day."
Pool boss Grayson added: "James has good experience at Championship level and is another important piece of the jigsaw for us.
"There was a fair bit of interest from clubs looking to sign him and we're delighted that we've been able to bring him to Blackpool."
Husband's exit leaves Northern Ireland international Lewis and January signing Philip Heise as the senior left-back options in Farke's squad for the Premier League season, although Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Marco Stiepermann have all shown they are capable of providing cover as well.
He becomes the 11th player away from the club on loan, with Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) and Carlton Morris (Rotherham) also in the third tier and a host of young prospects also out on loan.