Naaaaaaarch want Seaborne. They could just build a boat

Friday, 9 October 2009

The Norfolk Coast. Another way of getting seaborne


It's a bit like one of those leftfield transfers that occasionally gets thrown your way on Football Manager - squad member who's ticking along nicely attracts a significant bid from another club.

And just life imitates computer games as Norwich bid for our defender Danny Seaborne.

The club have rejected the first offer as derisory. Good. I'd hate if it they acted like me on Football Manager and click 'Accept' on the first offer out of sheer surprise.

Should we sell him though? On a practical front, that would leave us desperately short at the back with only Matt Taylor, Rob Edwards and Troy, who goes back to Spurs in January, as our centre-halves, while Goldborne's yet to make an impression at left-back and Tis prefers to keep Duffy on the right.

And then there's the player himself. In the Conference, Danny came through the youth ranks and established himself as one of our bright young prospects. He even captained the promotion-winning side at Wembley.

Since then, he got linked with a big move away, his head got turned, his form dropped and he lost his place in the side.

Many thought he'd move on in the summer but he's knuckled down and worked hard to fight for his place, and has recently been playing in the rather unlikely position of left-back.

Anybody who saw how he got taunted by Lloyd Sam at Charlton will know he's still got a lot to learn in that position, but it adds another bit of versatility to his game and by all accounts he's looking more settled as a full-back, even if it's not his natural position.

And, weirdly, for a player who probably isn't a first-choice at the moment, he's probably got more potential than the rest of the back four.

He's still only 22 and, if he applied himself, has the potential to become a very solid defender. And while Matty Taylor is bloody brilliant, Danny has the attributes to play at a higher level, again dependent on application.

But we saw what happened last time his head got turned by transfer talk. And would Norwich really be the best move for him?

Then there's more practicalities. His contract is up in the summer and, while he'd get a fair whack of compensation, he could still leave us for much less than we value him at.

But for all that, it'd be good to keep him at the Park. So, essentially, Norwich can do one unless they offer us a stupid six figure sum we can't refuse. And if they'd give to give us Matty Gill back, that'd be appreciated.

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