Keeper decision is close

PUBLISHED: 10:30 18 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:22 14 September 2010

Nigel Worthington revealed last night that he was close to making a decision on the future of keeper Paul Gallacher. The Scottish international turned in his second excellent performance in the space of three days yesterday to help the Canaries to a remarkable 3-2 victory over QPR.

Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington revealed last night that he was close to making a decision on the future of keeper Paul Gallacher.

The Scottish international turned in his second excellent performance in the space of three days yesterday to help the Canaries to a remarkable 3-2 victory over QPR.

Gallacher followed up a solid display against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday by grabbing the man-of-the match award on his home debut, with two breathtaking saves in the final 10 minutes catching the eye of the sponsors.

The 26-year-old stopper is certainly making up for lost time after going the best part of two years without making a first team appearance - but he will be out of contract during the summer and it remains to be seen if he will still be playing at Carrow Road next season.

"I have spoken to Paul and he is now talking to his family and seeing where his future lies, whether it be here or back in Scotland,' said Worthington.

"We know Darren Ward is leaving the club during the summer and it's a situation where we need to sit down and work out the best way forward.

“We'll be talking on Wednesday and hopefully we can reach a decision then.”

Gallacher took a painful knock on his hip during his debut at Hillsborough and was touch and go for yesterday's game, with youngster Joe Lewis standing in the continuing absence of Robert Green.

“I didn't know if Paul would make it,” said Worthington. “We gave him a fitness test before the game and he was still feeling some pain but he was desperate to play. That shows the character of the man.

"Obviously I'm delighted with the way he played today and also the way he performed at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday when he only knew he would be playing 15 minutes before the game.

"He's has made some excellent saves and done very well and he deserves every praise for that because it can't have been easy for him being on the sidelines for so long. He has kept his focus, kept working hard and he has got his reward in the last two games.'

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