Lappin retains hopes of returning to City
Paddy Davitt Norwich exile Simon Lappin is refusing to give up on his City career despite a successful start to his Scottish Premier League loan stint at Motherwell.
Norwich exile Simon Lappin is refusing to give up on his City career despite a successful start to his Scottish Premier League loan stint at Motherwell.
The 25-year-old has helped Mark McGhee's third-placed side move into a Uefa Cup spot behind the Old Firm after back-to-back league wins since his January transfer window switch.
Lappin slipped out of Glenn Roeder's first team plans after featuring in the Norwich's chief's derby day debut against Ipswich in November.
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The Scot turned down a loan return to former club St Mirren, but believes a Fir Park move can help him force his way back into Roeder's thoughts.
"I would like to think some of the Norwich people would be up to watch to see how I was progressing," he said.
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"Obviously I need to impress to get in here first and foremost because there's a lot of quality at this club. It's up to me to do that and that's a chance I wanted to take.
"I am here to the end of the season, and I am grateful to Motherwell for giving me the opportunity to get away from the situation at Norwich and get the chance to play.
"If I get games you never know what could happen in the summer, I have a year left on my contract and while I am here I am fully committed to the club."
Lappin admitted he needed a break from Norfolk to re-ignite his career.
"At Norwich I was sitting in the reserves and training with the young boys and that was not where I wanted to be and I thought a fresh start would be good for me," he said.
"Hopefully I can get games under my belt and see what happens. I played a couple of games under the new manager but unfortunately it wasn't in my preferred position. It was at left-back as Adam Drury had a knee injury at the time so I was happy to fill in for the short term whilst they got someone in.
"I didn't get a chance at left midfield which is my strongest position so that was disappointing but hopefully getting back up here playing regular football, doing what I love doing, will bring out the best in me."
Lappin is confident Motherwell can maintain their top three push.
"From what I've seen of the team, I don't see why not," he said. "The manager has got the side playing some excellent attacking football and that's how I like to play my football as well. Anytime I've seen them either live or the highlights they've been excellent and I want to play part a in that.
"I know a lot of the boys from the Scotland set-up and have played against the majority of the rest so there are a lot of familiar faces in the dressing room.
"They've been great with me so far and I am looking forward to working with them."
Meanwhile, City striker Ryan Jarvis is confident he can score goals to help fire Notts County to League Two safety in an extended Meadow Lane loan stint.
Jarvis partnered ex-Norwich frontman Danny Crow in County's weekend league win at Chester - Crow notching a late winner after arriving on loan from Peterborough.
"I know the strikers haven't scored too many, but I think wherever you are in football there is pressure on you always," he said. "You have to deal with that, and I am confident I can score some goals.
"It was a late move (in the window) and Norwich had a few clubs approach them for me. This move appealed most as the manager showed a lot of interest in bringing me here and also the assurance of being here for the rest of the season rather than just a month."