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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton says he is ‘thrilled’ after midfielder David Fox put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract, keeping him at Carrow Road until 2014 with the option of a further year.
This is great news and I can’t see there being any Norwich fan out there who thinks any different.
David Fox has played an integral part in what we have achieved over the last few seasons. The statistics do not lie, when he plays invariably so do Norwich and we have a much bettter win rate with him in the team than out of it.
I have to admit I feared the worst and that an injury at the start of the season would work against him. With manager Chris Hughton buying mifielders left, right and centre, would he fall behind in the pecking order?
I’m glad he hasn’t because when he is at his best Fox pulls the strings. He’s our Paul Scholes. He does the small things which glue the team together.
And I’m glad we are stuck with him.
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Hughton said: “I’m thrilled that he’s signed a new contract and committed himself to the Club for the next two years.
“He’s got plenty of quality and experience which I’m sure he’ll continue to bring to the squad like he has since he arrived at the Club.
“He’s missed a lot of pre-season this year but it’s great to now have him back in training, fully fit and available for selection.”
The deal comes after a fantastic season for the 28-year-old who finished third in last year’s player of the season awards.
Fox said: “I’m delighted to be here for the next couple of years and now I can push on from what has been a very successful time for myself and for the Club.
“To end last season by coming third in the Player of the Season award was really touching and I was humbled by the whole thing.
“The lads played really well last year, and it was a collective effort from everyone. It’s up to me to play as often as I can now.
“I’m now fully fit and have been for a couple of weeks. I’m nowhere near match fit, but you only get that by training and playing games.
“It’s up to me to take my chance when I get it. I’ve now got to impress the Manager and show him why I should be in the team.
“I was really pleased to get 90 minutes against Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup. It was a competitive game and now I’m raring to go when I am called upon.”
The 28-year-old joined the Canaries in the summer of 2010 from Colchester United, and has since gone on to play a key role for the team over the past two seasons – setting up Simeon Jackson’s winner against Portsmouth to seal City’s promotion to the top-flight in 2011.
A product of Manchester United’s academy, Fox has also played for Shrewsbury Town and Royal Antwerp on loan before being transferred to Blackpool in 2006.
After over 100 appearances for the Seasiders – where he also played with Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt, Fox moved to Colchester on a Bosman transfer in 2009, and made his debut in their 7-1 opening day win at Carrow Road that August.
Fox has made 68 appearances for Norwich, scoring once.