Farewell to loan ace Ched

Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder has failed in his bid to renew striker Ched Evans' loan deal. Roeder had hoped to keep the Manchester City hitman at Carrow Road until the end of the season, but it was confirmed yesterday that the youngster would be staying at Eastlands.

Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder has failed in his bid to renew striker Ched Evans' loan deal.

Roeder had hoped to keep the Manchester City hitman at Carrow Road until the end of the season, but it was confirmed yesterday that the youngster would be staying at Eastlands.

The 19-year-old notched two goals in nine Norwich appearances - including an instant impact on his full league debut with an early strike in City's 2-1 Championship win over Plymouth last month.

City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed Evans was now part of his first team plans, despite the New Year arrival of Mexican hitman Nery Castillo and a failed recent bid for Marseille striker Djibril Cisse.


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“I learned a lot from my loan at Norwich and I really enjoyed it,” Evans told City's official website. “It's a big step up into men's football and it's so much faster than the reserves.

“You're around experienced players, everyone's happy when you win whereas in reserves it's not that important - they are more like friendlies to gain experience.

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“The Championship is very competitive and I really enjoyed myself. I didn't score in the last few games, which disappointed me because strikers get judged on goals.

“I just want to play week in, week out for City and score lots of goals. All I can ask for is that the goals keep coming for me.”

Evans believes his Carrow Road spell has left him better equipped to operate alongside Manchester City's attacking foreign legion, with the likes of Elano, Rolando Bianchi and Martin Petrov firing the club's Champions League push.

“With players like that around, you're more likely to get more goals because they can provide them,” he said.

“On the other hand it is going to be harder to get into the team, but that's making me more determined as well.”

Meanwhile, City's out-of-favour striker Chris Brown was last night reportedly undergoing a medical at Championship strugglers Preston.

Brown is understood to have held talks with North End officials following national media speculation earlier in the day City had agreed a £350,000 transfer fee.

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