City’s loan exports faced with uncertainty due to possible season extension

PUBLISHED: 15:13 18 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:13 18 March 2020

Sam McCallum signed for City in the January transfer window before being loaned back to Coventry City. Picture: Norwich City FC

Sam McCallum signed for City in the January transfer window before being loaned back to Coventry City. Picture: Norwich City FC

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With the domestic competitions being suspended until April 4, Norwich City’s loan exports find themselves in an unconventional and unique situation.

City’s players out on loan have agreed deals until the end of the season but, for Sean Raggett, that situation is made more complex due to his contract expiring this summer.

City do possess the option to extend Raggett’s deal for a further year, but are yet to activate that clause. Currently, his contract is set to expire on June 30, and with no parent club to loan him from, that extension wouldn’t be possible.

That could lead Pompey to sign him permanently in order for him to finish the campaign at Fratton Park. As it stands currently, that would have to be a long-term deal.

The 26-year-old has emerged as a major protagonist for Kenny Jackett’s men as they search for promotion back to the Championship.

Sean Raggett has tested positive for coronavirus  Picture: James Wilson/Focus Images LtdSean Raggett has tested positive for coronavirus Picture: James Wilson/Focus Images Ltd

The Football Association could introduce legislation to allow clubs to extend their loan deals, should the leagues have to be played into the summer.

That pathway has been cleared after Uefa elected to postpone the European Championships to next summer.

Sam McCallum is another who finds himself involved in a dilemma. City signed the highly-rated left-back in January prior to the 20-year-old rejoining Coventry City for the remainder of the season.

The Canaries were expecting McCallum to join them in the summer for pre-season, but a possible extension to the season would prolong his period with the Sky Blues.

Speaking about the threat of loans concluding prior to the remaining fixtures, Coventry boss Mark Robins said: “There’s no concern about anything at the minute. We’re just living day to day and waiting to be told what to do.

“It’s other people who make those decisions but I am certainly not going to worry about anything. I don’t think there’s any need to worry about anything like that.

“It’s out of my control and I’m not going to worry about it and neither are the players.”

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