EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS: Kyle Lafferty unsure of his future at Norwich

Northern Irelands' Kyle Lafferty
Northern Irelands' Kyle Lafferty

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty admits he may have to leave Norwich in January.

Lafferty has been on fine form in his country’s successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring seven times in eight appearances and leading the line with aplomb.

But that has not resulted in opportunities with the Canaries.

Lafferty, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Turkish side Rizespor, has been allowed just 13 minutes of Premier League football by manager Alex Neil.

Now, with the need to be match sharp for next summer’s tournament in France, Lafferty knows he needs to be playing.

“It’s frustrating. I’m doing the right things, heading in the right direction, but you can only do so much,” said the 28-year-old.

“If you’re not getting a chance and you’re doing the maximum, then you have to ask yourself a question. Norwich and the fans have been brilliant with me and I’d be sad to leave.

“But I’ve to think about myself, my family, my career. If it is time to leave I’ll take the opportunity. There’s no point in me sitting in the stands or playing for 15 minutes when there’s a massive tournament coming. I think I’ll give it until January then sit down with the manager.

“I think I can do a job. Norwich play with a target man and Cameron Jerome is doing a fantastic job.

“If he gets injured and the manager sees me as the next up then, but if not I’ll consider my future.”