LAF­FERTY WON’T BE OFF TO EL­LAND BACK!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Joshua Richards

KYLE Laf­ferty will not join Leeds on loan af­ter Nor­wich blocked his pro­posed move, in­sist­ing he will not be leav­ing Car­row Road.

The North­ern Ire­land for­ward has played just two games for the Ca­naries this sea­son and Leeds had been ea­ger to bring him in on loan.

El­land Road boss Steve Evans got in touch with Nor­wich coun­ter­part Alex Neil about the pro­posed move, ex­plain­ing on Thurs­day that he was op­ti­mistic about bring­ing in Laf­ferty be­fore Thurs­day’s emer­gency loan dead­line.

“He’s done ter­rif­i­cally well for North­ern Ire­land and I have placed a call in to Alex Neil to see what the sit­u­a­tion is,” said the for­mer Rother­ham and Craw­ley chief. “Kyle needs to be play­ing.”

How­ever Neil has re­vealed that there will be no more move­ment from Car­row Road be­fore Christ­mas, mean­ing that Laf­ferty, 28, will stay put.

“I told Steve he is not go­ing,” said Neil. “There will be no more play­ers go­ing out on loan or leav­ing the club in any shape or form un­til Jan­uary.

“I haven’t had to speak to Kyle. He knows the sit­u­a­tion. I have spo­ken to him on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and he is fully aware of the sit­u­a­tion he is in.

“He was on the bench in the last game so that hasn’t changed.

“When we get to Jan­uary then we can sit down and look at it again.”

With Laf­ferty stay­ing put, Leeds will need to look else­where for goals, and in-form striker Mirco An­tenucci is keen to pro­long his stay, with his con­tract up at the end of the sea­son.

“I would like a new con­tract but it’s not my de­ci­sion,” said the 31-year-old.

“For now I’ll just put my­self on the pitch, give good qual­ity for the team, for my­self and wait for a call – or not.

“I’m fo­cused on my work. I don’t think about the con­tract. I fo­cus on the work and fo­cus on Leeds, ev­ery day at Thorp Arch.”

NO MOVE: Kyle Laf­ferty

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