Spillane signs two-year deal

Norwich City defender Michael Spillane has signed a new two-year deal with the club.The Academy product and Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is on loan with League Two Luton Town until the end of the season, but the midfielder has impressed City boss Bryan Gunn enough to earn himself a new contract at Carrow Road.

Norwich City defender Michael Spillane has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The Academy product and Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is on loan with League Two Luton Town until the end of the season, but the midfielder has impressed City boss Bryan Gunn enough to earn himself a new contract at Carrow Road.

The 20-year-old Spillane, who has played in defence and midfield for City, told the club's official website: “I'm delighted to sign my contract and stay at Norwich - I came through the City youth system and it's great to sign a two-year deal and carry on here.

“I won't be back until next season, but I'll be looking forward to it. Luton were relegated on Monday so that's at the back of my mind at the moment but I'm really happy to be coming back to Norwich next season.”

Since joining Luton on a season-long loan after former boss Glenn Roeder counted him out of his plans, Spillane has made 44 appearances for the Hatters in all competitions, scoring four times, and was part of Mick Harford's side as they beat Scunthorpe 3-2 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley earlier this month.

But Luton are also preparing for Conference football after a 30-point deduction effectively condemned them to relegation, which was confirmed on Monday when they drew 0-0 with Chesterfield at Kenilworth Road.

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He said of his time with Luton: “I think it's done me the world of good, I've been playing every week and winning the cup at Wembley was a great experience for me and I've loved my time there.

“I went there to play games, I think I'd only made 20 appearances at Norwich and this season I've played 44 times for Luton and it's good to play that many games. It was going to be a tough ask from the word go. We tried our hardest and obviously it just wasn't meant to be."

On fellow City player Chris Martin who went on loan to Luton at the same time, Spillane commented: “Chris is doing well, he's scored a few goals including one in the cup final - it was a really good goal and I'm sure he's looking forward to coming back here too.”

Spillane, who has won the Republic of Ireland Under-19 Player of the Year Award, has made 18 senior appearances for City, the last of them in an FA Cup defeat at Bury 15 months ago.

Before watching Spillane at Wembley, Gunn said he was very confident the player would sign a new deal.

He said: “It's an opportunity for him to come back and prove himself, hopefully at Championship level. He has learned from his League Two experience and he, like Chris, will be starting pre-season training with us when we come back at the end of June.”