Promotion likely to prompt exits for some of Norwich City’s fringe players
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Much of the focus is on who Norwich City might sign this summer but David Freezer reminds us of some forgotten men whose futures are yet to be clarified.
Loans manager Neil Adams has been kept busy again at Norwich City this season.
The Canaries have had over a dozen players out on loan during the course of the campaign, some who are highly unlikely to return, others with uncertain futures and plenty of young lads trying to kick-start their development.
With their parent club now preparing for life as a Premier League club, those personal situations take on a fresh complexion...
- Marcel Franke
Last week the central defender told German newspaper Bild that he intends to return to England and fight for his chance to play in the Premier League when his season-long loan at Darmstadt expires.
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The 26-year-old is under contract until 2020, with an option for a further year, and has been a regular in Bundesliga 2 this season and the second half of the previous campaign with Dynamo Dresden - after just five league games for City.
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Left-back actually started the first game of the season for the Canaries, a 2-2 draw at Birmingham, but was taken off after 63 minutes and soon shipped out to League One with Fleetwood.
Has been a regular for Joey Barton's team, scoring once in 35 games, but with City bringing in Philip Heise in January and his first season proving rather under-whelming it looks unlikely he has a future at Norwich. Under contract until 2020.
- Matt Jarvis
Injury-cursed spell at City is set to finish this summer when the one-cap England international's contract expires, after just 21 appearances across four seasons.
Finally regained enough fitness to play 10 games in succession after joining Walsall in League One in January but missed the remaining 11 matches of the season as ankle issues re-emerged.
- Ben Marshall
Looked a good signing for £1.5m from Wolves last summer but didn't work out as a right-back before illness disrupted him and then spent plenty of time warming the bench.
Loan spell at Millwall didn't go too well either, scoring once in 16 Championship games but with manager Neil Harris already suggesting the 28-year-old won't be returning. Under contract at City until 2022.
- Steven Naismith
Another whose unhappy Canaries spell is set to end when his contract expires this summer - removing top-flight wages from City's outgoings, along with Jarvis.
Returned to Hearts on loan and found form, regaining his Scotland place, but knee surgery finished his season in March after 16 goals in 30 games in all competitions for club and country.
- Nelson Oliveira
Firmly out of favour under Daniel Farke but still under contract until 2020. The Portugal international striker scored three goals in 10 games to help Reading survive in the Championship but was affected by injuries.
Manager Jose Gomes has suggested a permanent deal is in place, however the Royals' recently published accounts show the club is £54m in debt and made a pre-tax loss of £21m in the last financial year so the Berkshire media are reporting that deal is unlikely without players sales
- Sean Raggett
Former Lincoln City centre-back joined Championship side Rotherham for the season but needed ankle surgery in September, just as he was becoming established for the Millers.
Returned in January but the 25-year-old was left disappointed after five further appearances, when further ankle surgery finished his loan early. Under contract until 2020, with an option for a further year.
- Yanic Wildschut
The Dutchman is expected to leave City this summer, who look unlikely to activate the option in the winger's contract after a disappointing loan with relegated Championship side Bolton.
Scored twice in 18 games for Wanderers but had surgery on ankle ligament damage in January and missed the unsuccessful survival sight.
- Young players
Injuries also caused problems for members of City's U23 squad looking to gain senior experience, with Greek midfielder Savvas Mourgos starting brightly in the Dutch second tier with Dordrecht before knee ligament damage in October finished his season.
It was a similar story for Diallang Jaiyesimi, returning from his League Two stint with Yeovil after an encouraging start. Irish winger Simon Power joined Dordrecht in January but was disrupted by a calf problem and Mason Bloomfield broke his arm at AFC Fylde during a fine debut appearance in the National League, after a brief spell in Scotland with Hamilton.
Defender Timi Odusina saw limited game-time with Fylde - but still has Sunday's FA Trophy final at Wembley to hold out hope for - and striker Anthony Spyrou was used sparingly by Wrexham.
Left-back Caleb Richards is in the USA with City's partner club Tampa Bay Rowdies and has played regularly in the second tier, with the season due to finish in October.
All are under contract until at least 2020, with Power and Richards until 2021, although the length of the contract Odusina signed in 2016 has never been published.
Former Leyton Orient striker Tristan Abrahams scored four goals in 31 League Two games, split between spells at Exeter and Yeovil, but is one of eight academy players the club have announced are leaving the club this summer.