Hughes - Evans won’t be joining Canaries

PUBLISHED: 10:49 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 10 September 2010

Hot prospect Ched Evans will not be making a return to the Championship this season. The Manchester City striker was a hit with Norwich City fans last season and manager Glenn Roeder became a well-known admirer of the Welsh international.

Hot prospect Ched Evans will not be making a return to the Championship this season.

The Manchester City striker was a hit with Norwich City fans last season and manager Glenn Roeder became a well-known admirer of the Welsh international.

But, following Manchester City's 2-0 Uefa Cup qualifying round first leg victory over Faroe Islands side EB Streymur last night, new manager Mark Hughes revealed his intent to keep hold of Evans for the Premier League season.

Hughes introduced Evans in the second half last night and made it clear he will not be allowing the teenager to go out on loan again.

“Ched has been excellent in pre-season and I am glad we have secured him on a long-term contract now,” the former Blackburn boss continued.

“He has a big future and that has been demonstrated by the amount of phone calls I have had from Championship managers wanting to get him out on loan.

“But I think I am going to frustrate a lot of teams at that level because he will not be going anywhere in this transfer window.”

City were organised and competitive against their weak opponents.

Martin Petrov scored the opener with veteran Dietmar Hamann netting the second that made the second leg at Barnsley on July 31 little more than a formality.

The victory left Hughes purring at some of the early quality on show before lack of training and fitness took its toll.

He said of £19million new boy Jo and Petrov: “They have the sort of quality that can really unlock defences.

“We created good chances and I was pleased with Jo's performance.

“He showed great awareness of players around him, and once he gets to know the players and the way we want to play he will be a big asset to us.”

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