I never had a fair run - Thorne
DAVID CUFFLEY Striker Peter Thorne has lamented “two wasted years” with Norwich City after dropping two divisions to join Bradford City.The 34-year-old Thorne, one of five players released by the Canaries at the end of last season, signed a one-year contract with the Bantams yesterday.
Striker Peter Thorne has lamented “two wasted years” with Norwich City after dropping two divisions to join Bradford City.
The 34-year-old Thorne, one of five players released by the Canaries at the end of last season, signed a one-year contract with the Bantams yesterday.
And another of former boss Nigel Worthington's post-relegation signings has taken the first step towards a possible departure from Carrow Road, with Dutch full-back Jürgen Colin beginning a trial period with Ajax.
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Manchester-born Thorne, who scored just twice in two seasons with City after signing on a free transfer from Cardiff in the summer of 2005, will play in League Two next season after Bradford's relegation in May.
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He admitted: “It was very frustrating at Norwich. I feel like I've wasted two years there. I am not slagging anybody off but I had limited opportunities and never felt that I had a fair run. But this is a new chapter. I wanted to come back up north and as soon as I spoke to the gaffer I heard all the right things straight away.”
Bradford boss Stuart McCall said: “Peter has played and scored at an even higher level in the Championship and has a good pedigree. He just wants to play football and feels this might be the right club.”
Thorne made a total of 42 appearances for City, 24 of them as a substitute. Troubled by injuries, he started only four first-team games after Peter Grant took over from Worthington.
Thorne, with 165 career goals under his belt, made his last appearance for the Canaries in the 2-1 defeat at Preston in February, coming on as a substitute for the injured Dion Dublin, but lasted only 20 minutes before suffering a thigh strain, which kept him out for weeks.
Colin, meanwhile, could be in line for a return to Holland after joining Ajax on a three-week trial period
The 26-year-old could make a permanent switch to the Amsterdam ArenA should he impress.
“We've given Jürgen permission to join Ajax over the next couple of weeks for a trial,” said Grant. “I spoke to him at the end of the season and he said was thinking about a move back to his home country, so of course we wouldn't stand in his way. We'll see how his trial goes and take it from there.”
Colin, who has made 64 appearances for City at right-back since joining them from PSV Eindhoven, was out of favour at the end of last season when midfielder Andy Hughes filled the position, while the arrival of right-back Jon Otsemobor from Crewe may further limit his opportunities. Colin worked with current Ajax coach Henk Ten Cate during a loan spell with NAC Breda in 2005. Reports suggest he could earn a four-year contract with Ajax.
Grant declined to comment on the rest of the transfer talk buzzing around Carrow Road.
The City boss had no sooner stressed his determination to hang on to midfielder Dickson Etuhu - tipped to follow striker Earnshaw to Derby - than another of his key midfielders was linked with a move to the Midlands.
Youssef Safri, enjoying an extra week off following international duty with Morocco, is said to have been the subject of an inquiry by West Bromwich Albion. Although no official bid has gone in, there is reported to have been discussion between the two clubs to establish the feasibility of a deal.
Grant would not confirm whether Czech striker David Strihavka, from Banik Ostrava, was poised to sign, but one man definitely not heading for Norwich is Holland Under-21 striker Maceo Rigters. The 23-year-old NAC Breda forward joined Blackburn yesterday for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.