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Korey Smith in talks with Norwich City over future after Yeovil Town loan spell ends

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

GONE BACK: Korey Smith battles for possession against Crewe Alexandra earlier this year. The midfielder is back at Norwich City having completed a loan spell with Yeovil Town and plans to discuss his future with manager Chris Hughton this week. Picture by Mike Kunz

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Korey Smith will hold talks with Norwich City about his future this week following the end of his Yeovil Town loan.

The industrious midfielder has made 18 appearances in three months with the Glovers, having an initial month’s stay extended in October.

However, last weekend’s npower League One meeting at Walsall could have been Smith’s last in green and white hoops as he plans talks with Canaries’ manager Chris Hughton.

The 21-year-old who had a similar temporary spell at Barnsley in the Championship last season revealed his Premier League boss had been impressed by his Yeovil performances.

Smith said: “I will go back to Norwich where I will speak to them and see what happens. I spoke to the manager Chris Hughton last week and he said I had been doing really well.

“He has had people watching and he said to go back Monday and we will talk then. We will see then if I will be going back on loan or staying there. I have got to see him this week and see what happens.”

Even though he is disappointed to be missing out on playing during the busy Christmas period, Smith said he had enjoyed his time in South Somerset.

“I have played every game since I have been here so can’t really ask for any more,” he said. “The manager and coaching staff have shown faith in me so I have enjoyed it.

“My first priority was to get out and get the games because I had had a couple of injuries and I just wanted to get back playing for myself. Obviously I have been given that opportunity here.

“Time always flies in football and it has all come very quickly. It is disappointing to miss a few games around Christmas time but there is nothing I can do about that.

“I have played more than 20 games in a row so it has been a busy time and hopefully the lads will still get the results.”

Smith added that maintaining their work rate and quality would be vital in ensuring that results such as the 0-0 draw with Notts County was not a one off result against a side in the top six.

“We had nearly 20 shots on goal and we played really well,” he said. “Their keeper made some great saves and we did score one that didn’t count.

“Even their keeper admitted afterwards that it went over so it was unlucky but if we can keep working hard and performing like that I am sure the results will come.

“I know we haven’t been getting the best results against the top eight teams. We have played well against them but we seem to lose out by the odd goal. It just shows progress in how we have worked hard.

“We have been beating the lower half of the league and if we can start by even getting draws against the top teams it will just add up and we will move up the league.”

On the Glovers’ chances of brokering a return for Smith, manager Gary Johnson said: “There’s a little bit to do yet. He’s got to talk to Norwich and we have got to talk to Norwich.

“He needs to play better than he did against Walsall but we know he’s a good player and we would like to have him back. We will do all we can to keep him.”

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