Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By JA­COB SMITH

ZAK WHIT­BREAD would love to ex­tend his stay at Nor­wich be­yond the end of the sea­son, as the Amer­i­can cen­tre-back aims to keep the Ca­naries in the Premier League.

The Texan-born Liver­pool Academy grad­u­ate has been im­pres­sive in Nor­wich’s rear­guard, com­bin­ing well with both Daniel Ayala and El­liott Ward.

Whit­bread, 28, signed from Mill­wall in Jan­uary 2010, but saw his own progress slowed by a se­ries of fit­ness prob­lems.

Af­ter 14 ap­pear­ances in the top flight, Whit­bread hopes to be given the chance to ex­tend his stay in Nor­folk when his cur­rent deal ex­pires in the sum­mer.

“I have just been a bit dis­ap­pointed I couldn’t play more games than what I have, but it’s a great club, a great set-up and it’s go­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Whit­bread said.

“I am just en­joy­ing play­ing the games and if any­thing comes of it then great.”

Whit­bread, who was brought up in Run­corn, rep­re­sented the United States Un­der­20s team at the 2003 World Youth Cham­pi­onship.

But af­ter an

in­jury he has not tasted in­ter­na­tional ac­tion.

Whit­bread’s im­me­di­ate fo­cus is on help­ing the Ca­naries re­tain their Premier League sta­tus by beat­ing Wi­gan af­ter de­feats by Man United and Stoke.

He said: “I am des­per­ate to stay in this league and I have got to work re­ally hard with the rest of the lads to try to achieve that.”


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