Roeder confident Leroy will stay on

City boss Glenn Roeder believes he can extend Leroy Lita's loan by another month - after the Reading striker's late winner against Doncaster made it four goals in two home games.

City boss Glenn Roeder believes he can extend Leroy Lita's loan by another month - after the Reading striker's late winner against Doncaster made it four goals in two home games.

Lita has two more matches left of his initial month's stay with the Canaries, at Derby tomorrow night and Burnley on Saturday.

But Roeder thinks it “suits both parties” for the 23-year-old front man to extend his loan period, and he has already spoken to Reading.

He said: “We're hopeful. If Reading keep doing well and we keep playing Leroy, which obviously we will, we keep him match fit.


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“I think it suits both parties come next weekend if we can continue to keep Leroy. I've had a word with him, he certainly wants to stay. The players would like him to stay, he's integrated into the squad really, really well, and that is important when you bring in so many loan players.

“The supporters have taken to him and rightly so. He's just what we wanted in terms of a great foil for Sibierski. He's got power, he's got pace and he knows where the back of the net is. The last two games we've seen the real Leroy Lita and long may that continue.”

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Lita said he was keen to stay on at Carrow Road.

“I have spoken to the gaffer. If both clubs agree for me to stay I am happy to stay,” he said.

“Reading are flying so I don't think the gaffer is going to change much there. I wouldn't want to go back and not be playing again and playing catch-up again. I am in a little flow now and I hope to keep that going.

“I am happy to stay and play. The gaffer has been great for me. He has brought me here and he's told me he wants to play to my strengths. He has made it easy for me and I am really enjoying it. As long as I am here I will keep doing my best for the team and keep trying to score as many goals as I can.”

Roeder said extending the deal by more than one month at a time was unlikely.

He said: “I think, talking to Reading, they would only be looking for another month and we'd see where we go if we get to the end of the second month. But it's all up in the air at the moment.

“Things have got to fall Reading's way next week, that they don't need to bring back another striker, and if that's the case we certainly want to keep him. It would be very foolish not to want to keep him.

“It's probably a month at a time and Reading have got that facility, that comfort, if they need him back next day, they can call him back next day because he's already been here 28 days.”

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