Norwich City: Daniel Barden joins Livingston on loan

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Much-loved young Norwich City goalkeeper Daniel Barden has joined Scottish Premiership club Livingston on a one-season loan.

The 20-year-old has impressed after being sent to emergency services for a crucial spell in Norwich City’s league title triumph last season.

Barden has come off the bench to replace injured Michael McGovern for the 1-1 home draw against QPR, with first choice Tim Krul also out at this point in the campaign.

The young Welsh international went on to keep his clean sheet in an FA Cup third round victory over Coventry City before making his league debut in a 2-1 league away win in Cardiff.

Orjan Nyland’s arrival on a short-term contract in January and Krul’s return to action sidelined him for the title.

The arrival of Angus Gunn this summer and a contract extension for McGovern means Barden will travel to Scotland for the next stage of his career.

Livingston finished in the middle of the table in the top flight last season under David Martindale. The youngster has already teamed up with the Lions and will be in the squad for the upcoming friendlies against East Stirlingshire and Arbroath.

Barden is the last prospect ready to leave Carrow Road ahead of the new campaign, with Reece McAlear and Josh martin join Inverness and MK Dons respectively.

City head coach Daniel Farke, who gave Barden his senior debut in last season’s Luton Town League Cup opener, praised his impact when he was recalled under the circumstances of test at the start of the year.

“The only way to prove himself is to play well in a decent game and he did it,” he said. “It’s no surprise because we have all seen his potential in training.

“He’s a confident young boy and it has helped him work regularly with Tim Krul and Michael McGovern in training.

“He’s also lucky that we have a great goalie coach here at Ed Wootten, who has done a great job with him.”