December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
New signing Robert Snodgrass claims he has already seen enough of Norwich City to know they need not fear a bout of second season syndrome in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old Scotland international made his first appearance in Canary colours – albeit the all black change strip – when he was introduced as a substitute for Elliott Bennett 20 minutes from time in the 1-1 pre-season draw with Dutch champions Ajax at Carrow Road.
Frank de Boer’s men kept the ball so well that there were not too many opportunities for the former Leeds United winger to show what he could do, but he received a rousing welcome from a crowd approaching 17,000 and believes he will settle in quickly, surrounded by so many familiar faces from his club and international career.
“It was good to get on the park in front of these fans,” said Snodgrass, the third of manager Chris Hughton’s four summer signings. “You want a little bit more time but that’s where you are as a player. But I think the gaffer is slowly but surely bringing me into it, getting me used to my team-mates, and a team like Ajax is always a hard test for the lads.
“I’m fine on the fitness side of things, it’s just match fitness, to try to get that under my belt is the most important thing. There are a couple of games coming up so I’m sure I’ll play some part in those to try to get my fitness up.”
Apart from former Leeds team-mates Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson, there are other old colleagues of Snodgrass at Colney.
He said: “I know Wes Hoolahan (from Livingston), and Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin, those two from the national squad.
“I knew what it was all about here. I played against Norwich when they won promotion a couple of years ago. It’s a great bunch of lads, great team spirit, as soon as you come in the door they make you feel welcome. I just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s unbelievable what they have done. They’ve come up and I’m sure they surprised a few Premier League teams with their performances. I think you can see the way they went about their business in the Premier League.
“People speak about the second season syndrome, but I’m sure that won’t be the case. The lads are hungry, they’re ready.
“We’ve got a hungry manager who has a point to prove in the Premier League and I’m sure everything will come together and we’ll be fine.”
Chris Hughton deflected the praise for Norwich City’s battling 2-0 Premier League win at West Brom firmly onto his players after surviving a second half onslaught.