Grant: Huckerby going nowhere

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Norwich City manager Peter Grant has rubbished speculation linking Darren Huckerby with a move away from the Canaries

The striker, who has recently criticised the club for selling star players Robert Earnshaw and Dickson Etuhu, returned early from a pre-season tour of Holland sparking rumors he was heading for the Carrow Road exit, but Grant insists Huckerby is going nowhere.

"Without a shadow of a doubt if he was going to leave Norwich he would have left last season," Grant told The Pink' un.

"There have always been plenty of clubs interested in him, that is why I gave him a new contract.

"I spoke to him and told him that I never keep players who are not committed to the club and he said 'gaffer, I want to stay and play here'.

"He won't be going anywhere, I can guarantee that."

Grant has said that Huckerby's early return home is because the 31-year-old is struggling with a groin injury and that he will not be rushing the forward back into action.

"I am always very wary of groin injuries because it only takes one little knock and it could be gone again, so I won't be taking any risks," Grant added.

Meanwhile, Grant has also dismissed reports claiming the Canaries were about to swoop for Celtic striker Derek Riordan.

Grant admits he is still looking to bring new faces to Carrow Road, but he has doubts about how Riordan would fit in.

"Derek is a top quality finisher," added Grant.

"But I don't really know if he is a striker, a second striker or if he's best wide of a three.

"His quality is without a doubt and he is a player I like, but the structure of my team is the reason I won't be going for him."