Scouting network is reworked

Norwich City are hoping their newly restructured scouting system will bear fruit over the coming seasons.Manager Glenn Roeder has overseen a number of changes to the Canaries' talent spotters since taking over the Carrow Road hot seat almost 12 months ago, including Bryan Gunn's repositioning as head of player recruitment and a number of changes to the Canaries' scouts.

Norwich City are hoping their newly restructured scouting system will bear fruit over the coming seasons.

Manager Glenn Roeder has overseen a number of changes to the Canaries' talent spotters since taking over the Carrow Road hot seat almost 12 months ago, including Bryan Gunn's repositioning as head of player recruitment and a number of changes to the Canaries' scouts.

And City's goalkeeping coach has joined the bandwagon, using his contacts across the Irish Sea from his time as manager of IFA Premiership side Ballymena United.

“We've had a young lad from Institute, Philip Lowry was over on trial,” said Wright, as City invite players in to Colney to have the rule run over them.


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“It's a market that I think is untapped at the minute. Reading have proved with Kevin Doyle in the southern Irish league that there are bargains out there. The problem is, since then, the value of some of the payers has gone up because I think £78000 got Kevin Doyle.

“But we have Jim Hagen, the ex-Coventry player who is a close friend of mine keeping his eye on any young players in Northern Ireland.”

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From Wright's own experience, there are players out there beyond the academy structure in England.

“I sold a young player to Blackburn, a young centre-half at the start of last season (Jonathan Flynn), 18 years old. There are late developers and, with Gunny as head of recruitment, it is something where we are just trying to cover as many areas as possible,” added Wright.

Roeder's assistant manager Lee Clark is also hoping Norwich's new scouting set-up will bear fruit - although he is happy the current crop of City players have enough to put right their current, lowly position in the Championship table.

“We've restructured the scouting system which will take time to develop but that's coming along nicely, headed by Bryan Gunn and we are always looking to try and improve the squad and the team, so who knows,” said Clark.

“If there is a player that becomes available that can help us become stronger and help us win football matches, then it could be a possibility.

“We are actively always watching football matches. Now whether we can bring other players in the time we've got now, I'm not too sure, but we're always actively looking to bring players in. But we're happy with the squad at this moment in time if everyone's fit and hopefully they can take us up the table.”

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