Gallacher looking to extend loan

Canaries keeper Paul Gallacher is looking to extend his stay north of the border as he prepares for a new life away from Carrow Road. The 28-year-old finally fell out of favour under the now departed Peter Grant, who allowed him to join Scottish Division One outfit Dunfermline, in August.

Canaries keeper Paul Gallacher is looking to extend his stay north of the border as he prepares for a new life away from Carrow Road.

The 28-year-old finally fell out of favour under the now departed Peter Grant, who allowed him to join Scottish Division One outfit Dunfermline, in August.

And Gallacher says he would love to prolong his stay at East End Park.

“I'm here until January 1,” he said. “I've been negotiating for a few weeks now to try to extend the deal.


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“There have been two new managers at Norwich since Nigel Worthington, so I don't think it's going to happen for me there.

“I'm getting first team football here and I'm happy.

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“The fans have been great with me and I'm enjoying it.”

While Gallacher has been away, Glenn Roeder has taken over the Norwich hot seat - the third City manager to hold Gallacher's future in his hands since Nigel Worthington signed him from Dundee United in the summer of 2004.

Things have been just as unsettled of late at Dunfermline, where Jim McIntyre is in caretaker charge following the sacking of Stephen Kenny a fortnight ago.

Gallacher was an impressive performer in the 1-1 draw at Partick on Saturday and believes McIntyre is staking a strong claim for the manager's job on a permanent basis.

“I've known Macca for years from our time at Dundee United,” he said. “He's got his own ideas, which he's bringing into training.

“He's come in and done a good job. It's showing on the park I think, without actually getting the results we're looking for.

“I worked with him at United and I could see that he's got that sort of coaching mentality.

“If he gets the job, fantastic, but if it's somebody else we'll work under them and give them everything we've got.”

Playing alongside Gallacher is former Canaries loan player Kevin Harper, who played nine games alongside Darren Huckerby and Peter Crouch at the end of 2003 as City, under Worthington, kicked off their ultimately successful Division One title campaign.

Harper has been out with an injury and played his first game, at right back, since the beginning of September.

“I thought he was fantastic,” said Gallacher. “He's one of those players: you can put him anywhere and he'd do a job for you.

“The thing is he's been out for three months with a torn calf, so to come back without playing reserve football is absolutely fantastic and it shows he's a fit lad, keeps himself in good shape and I thought he put in a great shift.”

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