I had to check the date when I saw that Paul McVeigh was training with Norwich City again. It seems a safe football bet that the former canary – who struggled to hold down a place in the Luton Town squad last season – is by all accounts doing all he can to earn a contract at Carrow Road.
Don’t get me wrong – I was a big fan of McVeigh on his day. Sadly though, his day was quite a few years ago now and the fact we are showing an interest in him is a sign of where we have gone. He is 31-years-old and hasn’t exactly set the world alight in the two years since leaving us.
In fact, since August 2007 when he signed for Luton, McVeigh only made 24 starts in the league for them. I’m not sure whether this was down to injury or lack of form, but either would suggest that a move for him now wouldn’t be that worthwhile.
The reality is though that Bryan Gunn is giving McVeigh a chance to impress. He is set to play a part in some pre-season friendlies with the Norwich boss saying that the striker ‘has worked very hard’ in pre-season training.
He also reserved praise for the condition McVeigh was in despite not playing too much football of late. Gunn said that the Northern Irishman is ‘looking sharp’ with ‘good fitness levels’.
Are we really considering making a move for him though? I wouldn’t have thought so to be honest. He is a committed and talented footballer, but he has surely had his best days. To sign him up now would be attempting to rekindle a blast from the past and I think it would backfire.
In fairness to Gunn, he did mention that if ‘someone calls’ asking about McVeigh’s fitness, he will give them an ‘A report’. This suggests that the player is simply training with us in order to increase his chances of finding a new club.
I didn’t realise we provided this facility! Perhaps Daryl Sutch, Phil Mulryne or Spencer Prior will be seen at Colney next as they look to see if Gunn will give them a go?
by Thomas Rooney