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Lappin eyes new Canaries contract

Simon Lappin
Lappin was training with the youth team under Glenn Roeder

Norwich City defender Simon Lappin wants a new contract after forcing his way back in the first team less than three months before his deal expires.

He has started the Canaries' last two games, his first appearances in almost 18 months after being forced to train with the youth team under Glenn Roeder.

"I was banging my head against the wall, I didn't know what to do," the Scot, 26, told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I've let the manager know I want to be here for the long term."

The former St Mirren left-back has played in the centre of Norwich's midfield in their last two games covering for the suspended Darel Russell.

His current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and he is ready to put a frustrating period behind him.

"I've always believed in my own ability and it was just about getting the opportunity to show it," he said.

After being signed by Peter Grant in January 2007, Lappin scored three goals in 33 games for Norwich and played in Roeder's first three matches as Norwich manager.

He lost his place after a 3-0 defeat at Plymouth in November 2007 and spent the end of last season on loan at Motherwell.

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