Norwich City’s Harry Toffolo extends loan deal at Rotherham United

PUBLISHED: 16:59 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:14 24 November 2015

Watton-on-Stone's Harry Toffolo playing on loan for Championship side Rotherham United against Reading

Watton-on-Stone's Harry Toffolo playing on loan for Championship side Rotherham United against Reading

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Harry Toffolo has extended his loan spell at Championship side Rotherham United until January 16.

The England U20 international, who grew up in Welwyn Garden City, has impressed the United faithful during his month’s loan from Carrow Road, has extended his loan-period until January 2016 in a bid to improve the South Yorkshire club’s fortunes.

The Millers’ initially secured Toffolo on loan on 19 October, after United boss Neil Redfearn sought a suitable replacement for the injured Joe Matlock. Since then, the canary has gone from strength to strength, and looks every bit a seasoned professional to belie his younger years.

Still only 20, Toffolo has no shortage of admirers within the upper tiers of English football, and Rotherham fans have already jumped on the complimentary bandwagon as the City fullback continues to make a name for himself on the road.

Toffolo said: It’s been great working with Alex [Neil] since he took over at Norwich. We discussed the need to get out on-loan to play Championship football during pre-season, and he has been very supportive in both the run-up to and throughout my initial loan move to Rotherham.

“Alex knows what he wants, and has high standards and expectations of those around him, which I completely buy into. His approach has been great for my ongoing development.

“It’s quite ironic going on loan to Rotherham, as it’s the club that I made my debut against for Norwich in the League Cup. And shortly after that, I signed a new two-year deal, so I’m in a good place right now.

“As a footballer, you learn from different experiences, so going on loan to both Swindon and Rotherham over the past 12 months or so has enabled me to step-up and hone areas of my game. After all, the playing style in League One differs to the Championship, and the Championship will again differ to the Premier League.

“When I was at Swindon, the club were flying high and tipped for automatic promotion, whereas Rotherham have not had the rub of the green so far this season; but I know that it will come. Neil [Redfearn] is of a similar mould to Alex [Neil]. He has recruited a great bunch of lads and, from what I can see at the training ground, he certainly has the ability to bring the best out in the people that he works with,” he added.

Having had his loan extended by several more weeks, Toffolo now wants to play as much football as possible in the Championship; and even experience the heroics of playing in the FA Cup, before returning to Norwich in January (2016) and providing serious competition for a first team shirt next season.


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