City winger considers loan move
The Canaries' speedy winger, Bally Smart, would welcome a second loan spell away from Carrow Road to help his development.The 18-year-old South African made his debut for Norwich at Burnley last season and, after spending the early part of this term on loan at Paul Ince's MK Dons, the flying academy product would be happy to get some more games under his belt.
The Canaries' speedy winger, Bally Smart, would welcome a second loan spell away from Carrow Road to help his development.
The 18-year-old South African made his debut for Norwich at Burnley last season and, after spending the early part of this term on loan at Paul Ince's MK Dons, the flying academy product would be happy to get some more games under his belt.
“Definitely, just to get more experience, get more play time, which is important, at my age as well,” Smart told the official club website.
“Just to keep improving, and play match days, because you've got something to look forward to at the weekend, whereas when I'm here it's just reserve football, which is once every two weeks. So when I'm away, it's football, football, football.”
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Smart made nine substitute appearances for the Dons during the autumn and enjoyed his time there.
“It was a valuable experience I think, because it was a different environment, getting used to a different system, different club and working with Paul Ince, which was great,” he said.
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“He's quite a straightforward guy. He's honest, he'll give his opinion and he knows what he wants from his players, which helps because you know where you stand with him. It was a good experience so hopefully I'll build upon that and get more experience.”But while the prospect of the youngster would appreciate the chance to play as much football as he can, he is also make an impression on City manager Glenn Roeder, who has yet to see his young charge at close hand after Smart recently enjoyed some time with the South Africa Under-21 squad.
“I spoke to him, and he's quite different from Peter Grant,” said the highly-rated winger. “He told me he wants to see what I'm like, because he hasn't had a chance to see me, so we'll see how things go as time goes on.
“I went straight back to South Africa again for an international call-up and since I've been back I haven't really trained as much, but I'll start training again next week and see whether I have improved!”