Former Yeovil Town loan pair Owain Tudur Jones and Oli Johnson have been transfer-listed by Norwich City after dropping entirely out of manager Paul Lambert's plans. The midfielder and striker are two of six players who have not played in any of the Canaries home friendlies, and were left at home when the club travelled to Germany for a training camp.
Lambert has told the Norwich Evening News that the players have known for some time that they are free to find new clubs, and more or less suggests that they will not even feature for the Norwich Reserves side, which will be used to blood younger players. With Premier League sides only allowed to name a 25 man squad for each half of the 2011-12 season, Lambert says that it is up to them and their agents to sort things out:
"The lads know. I told them towards the end of last season. They’ve been really fine, they haven’t been obstructive or anything like that. They know the situation, it’s up to them to make their agents work for them. It’s entirely up to the lads. Their agents are working for them to go and do something. I think a few of them have had chances to go but they’ve not taken it, so they’re still here."
The other four players who have been transfer-listed are defender Steven Smith, midfielder Stephen Hughes, winger Anthony McNamee, and striker Cody McDonald. All six are contracted until the summer of 2012 and so Norwich are entitled to ask for a fee, although the signs are that Lambert would rather see them get off his wage bill.
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