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Andy Roberts

Norwich Career: 2002 (loan from Wimbledon)
Current Club: Retired
Date of Birth: 20/03/1974
Nationality: English


Wimbledon midfielder Andy Roberts joined Norwich on loan on 24th January 2002 for a month. The arrival of the former England under-21 star, who was out of favour at Selhurst Park, gave Worthington an extra option in the centre of the park with Phil Mulryne then out of action with an ankle injury and Darel Russell facing the possibility of a three-match suspension next month.

Roberts was available for six games, starting with the visit to Crewe and ending with the trip to Watford on February 26, and spoke of his delight at being handed the chance to kick-start his career. "This is a really good chance for me and I'm determined to make the most of it," he said. "It hasn't been easy for last two months. I've been out of the first team at Wimbledon and have been training with the reserves so when Terry Burton (the Wimbledon boss) rang me and said Norwich were interested in taking me on loan for a month I didn't take too much persuading!"

Roberts, 27, was a virtual ever-present in the Wimbledon side during the early stages of this season and played in the 1-0 home defeat at the hands of the Canaries in August, but lost his place in November and hasn't had a look-in since with players like Damien Francis, Michael Hughes, Trond Andersen and recent signing Hakan Mild all ahead of him in the pecking order. "I'm still not sure what I did wrong," he said. "I wasn't expecting to be in the starting line-up at the beginning of the season but because of injuries I got in and I think I did a good job. I played for the first 20 games but all of sudden Terry decided to bring other players in and I was out in the cold which I found very upsetting. It hasn't been a particularly happy spell for me but now I've got another chance to show what I can do and I'm grateful to Nigel Worthington for that."

Roberts became the second Wimbledon player to join City on loan in less than a month, following in the footsteps of David Nielsen who has been a stunning success since arriving at Carrow Road and has earned himself a permanent contract. No-one was looking that far ahead just yet with this deal – but it remained a possibility with the midfielder out of contract at the end of the season and likely to available for a small fee. Worthington spoke of his delight at getting another player in at such a vital stage of the season, telling the club's official website: "Andy is an experienced midfielder and gives us another body in the midfield area"

Andy began his career with Milwall, making 132 appearances before joining Palace in July 1995 for £2.25million. After 106 games for the Eagles, he joined Wimbledon in March 1998 for £2million

Roberts' loan period with the Canaries was extended for a second month at the end of February 2002. However hopes of a permanent move might be complicated if the media are accurate in reporting Coventry's interest. Norwich opted not to extend Andy's loan for a third month / to the end of the season and so he returned to South London on 28th March 2002.

Released by Wimbledon at the end of the season, Andy trained with both Walsall and Brighton during the 2002 pre-season and was expected to sign for the Seagulls after impressing in friendlies. However the deal fell through and on 13th August 2002, he rejoined Millwall on a one month trial contract. Millwall bos Mark McGhee challenged him to prove that he was still a million pound player. A falling-out with new Millwall manager Dennis Wise and a knee injury ended his career and he left Millwall in June 2005. He is now working as a property developer.

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