Gallacher determined to fight for place
PUBLISHED: 10:42 11 June 2007 | UPDATED: 10:20 14 September 2010
Out-of-favour Canaries keeper Paul Gallacher has vowed to stay and fight for his place at Carrow Road. Gallacher was dropped four times last season in favour of a series of on-loan keepers - but says the prospect of a return to the Premiership is driving him on to fend off all challengers in the new campaign.
Out-of-favour Canaries keeper Paul Gallacher has vowed to stay and fight for his place at Carrow Road.
Gallacher was dropped four times last season in favour of a series of on-loan keepers - but says the prospect of a return to the Premiership is driving him on to fend off all challengers in the new campaign.
“I played 31 games last year, which is more than any other keeper at the club, so I can obviously take a lot of heart from that,” he said.
“The club are extremely ambitious and there's a chance I could be playing in the Premiership the season after next, which is a huge incentive.
“We've got a terrific fan base, something which was proved by the fact our worst crowd last season at home was 24,000. Everything is geared for the top flight and as long as I'm here that's what I'll be aiming for.”
In the background is the M-factor - City's £500,000 bid to lure David Marshall away from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic after his successful, but short-lived, loan spell last season.
Marshall displaced Gallacher in January and manager Peter Grant's desire to bring him back on a permanent basis has led to speculation that Gallacher's time at Carrow Road is limited.
But the Scotland international - who joined City from Dundee United three summers ago and has a year left on his contract - is determined to fight for his place.
“The manager has his views, which I might just have to live with as that's what can happen in football,” he said.
“But that won't stop me working as hard as possible to regain my place. I'm still only 27. As far as keepers go that's pretty young. But I want to be playing week in, week out because the last thing I want is to fall off the radar.”
Should Grant get his man, Gallacher might have to be satisfied with a place on the bench - although there are reports of several clubs closely watching developments.
Hibernian have been linked, as has Hartlepool boss Danny Wilson who is looking for someone to claim the number one shirt following the departure of Dimi Konstantopoulos to Coventry.