5:00 p.m. April 9, 2022
Inverness boss Billy Dodds is unsurprised by interest from elsewhere in Norwich City loan export Reece McAlear.
The midfielder is out of contract with the Canaries this summer and, as we reported earlier this week, is attracting interest from Scottish and English clubs following his displays this season.
McAlear is focused on the task at hand with Inverness as they continue their efforts to consolidate their position in the play-off against Ayr earlier this afternoon.
It remains possible the 20-year-old could sign improved terms at Carrow Road, with the door not closed on a new deal at Norfolk.
Interest from the Scottish Premiership and Leagues One and Two in England has come as no surprise to current McAlear boss Dodds, who has praised his performances for Inverness this season.
“The boys let me know in practice (about the speculation) and were giving Reece a little stick,” Dodds told the Post and Journal.
“It doesn’t surprise me because he’s a good player and he’s been a revelation since he joined the team.
“That’s why I said I couldn’t believe he’s not in the Scotland Under-21 squad. I stand by it.
“He’s a boy who played first-team football and really took the opportunity. He should come into this Under-21 team.
“He scored goals and put in consistent performances. I was blown away by him, he is a very good player. Hopefully it will continue until the end of the season and maybe even beyond.
McAlear made his senior debut for Norwich in last season’s 1-1 draw with Coventry City before joining the Scottish Championship side on loan last summer.
In 23 appearances before Saturday’s match with Ayr, McAlear scored three times, registering four assists. But the consistency of his performances is what impressed his loan boss.
Dodds refused to question whether Inverness would add his name to Norwich’s list of midfield suitors, saying only that they would be respectful to their parent club.
“We have to realize he’s a Norwich player and we’ll deal with that when the time comes.”
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