Sheffield United prospect Rhys Norrington-Davies recalled from Luton Town loan amid reports of Stoke City move

Sheffield United have recalled young full-back Rhys Norrington-Davies from his season-long loan at Luton Town amid reports that he’s set to join Stoke City, again in a temporary move.

By Ashley Booker
Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 11:10 am

The 21-year-old, who made his full Wales debut earlier this season after some impressive performances for the Hatters, has returned to Bramall Lane with immediate effect to allow him to join the fellow Championship side.

Norrington-Davies only put pen to paper on a new four-year contract with the Blades last month and speaking at the time boss Chris Wilder appeared to rule out recalling the young defender from Kenilworth Road.

But now The Football Insider is reporting that the left-back has had his loan spell terminated at Luton so he can sign for Stoke, who need cover for their injured former Sheffield Wednesday man Morgan Fox.

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Sheffield United have recalled Rhys Norrington-Davies from his loan spell at Luton Town. Picture: Darren Staples/Sportimage

However, it is understood the move to the bet365 would only be a loan transfer.

Luton boss Nathan Jones, speaking shortly after Norrington-Davies had pledged his long-term future to United, thanked Wilder for allowing the rising star to remain at the Bedfordshire club for the remainder of the season.

He said: “I’ve great respect for Chris, so the fact he trusts us with him is very good and I would be biased, but it is the right thing to do, because he’s getting an education here away from Sheffield United.

“I’m pretty sure it would be a similar education in terms of discipline, in terms of development, in terms of what Chris expects from his teams, or his full backs, or his wing backs, I do exactly the same. So I think it’s a parallel experience he would be getting and getting real good game time.

“We’re pretty sure he will go back to Sheffield United and have that great career and what a great manager to be working under, so we’re delighted with that.”

Norrington-Davies made 22 appearances during his four-month spell with Luton and came on as a second half substitute in the Hatters’ 1-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup third round at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

A statement released by the Hatters today, read: “We thank Rhys for his efforts and wish him well for his future career.”