Norwich City have reached an agreement with Dutch second division side, FC Dordrecht to loan players to for development purposes according to reports in Holland.
Vandaag in @ADdeDordtenaar: FC Dordrecht bevestigt samenwerkingsverband met Championship-koploper Norwich City, dat in winterstop minimaal twee spelers uitleent
— Arco Bomgaars (@arcobomgaars) November 27, 2018
The Canaries have yet to announce the partnership in any great detail but it does seem that Simon Power and Adam Phillips will be joining Dordrecht in January, as reported here by ad.nl
This type of agreement between clubs is quite common and we’ve had them in the past with clubs like Parma and Ferencvaros, although I’m not sure that these have ever produced a lot of success for the clubs in either direction.
Chelsea have a regular agreement with Vitesse Arnhem which has seen a number of young Chelsea players play in Holland and is used to gain valuable experience.
Todd Cantwell spent six months last season on loan with another Dutch club, Fortuna Sittard, helping them to promotion to the Eredivisie and City have already sent Savvas Mourgos to Dordrecht last summer, only for his loan to be curtailed by a serious knee injury.
It seems that no more than four Norwich City players will be loaned at any one time and there will be no obligation on the coach to play them or give them a certain amount of game time. It will be done entirely on merit, as is the case with the arrangement that Manchester City have with Eredivisie side, NAC Breda.
It’ll be interesting to see if this takes off in the future and who else will get the chance to go.