Steve Morison insists new Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has already stamped his mark on the Canaries.

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The Welsh international revealed his team-mates have responded well to Hughton’s more relaxed approach following the manager’s summer switch from Birmingham.

Morison and the rest of City’s first team squad are coming towards the end of a gruelling pre-season trip to Austria, but the striker knows there can be no short cuts in the preparations for another crack at the Premier League.

“We’ve only been back a few weeks and we are still pretty much just learning what the gaffer wants from us to do,” he said. “We have a couple of new lads who are integrating in well but it has been going well. Long may that continue. There is a different vibe with the new coaching staff, a different atmosphere.

“We are trying to figure each other out and looking forward to the future. We’ve got plenty of games coming up and you definitely look forward to those once you get the first couple of weeks out of the way.”

Morison and the Norwich squad have been put through their paces at the club’s base in Bad Radkersburg with Hughton and his coaching team overseeing a tough fitness regime.

“It’s been good – if you can call hard work good – but I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been tough but I think the lads have enjoyed their time together this week,” he said.

“This is what pre-season is all about. It is hard to enjoy it but you have to just get through it, get through the other side and you know if you do that it sets you up for the rest of the season.

“All the lads are working hard and we are now looking forward to the game on Saturday. I’ve scored a few goals in training but that is neither here nor there, to be honest. It is about putting in the hard yards in training and trying to find your levels. The heat out here just makes it extra hard.”

Morison, speaking to the club’s official site yesterday, said he is looking forward to facing Hertha Berlin in Gleisdorf this weekend ahead of the start of a full series of domestic friendlies, beginning with the trip to Celtic.

“I want to carry on where I left off at the end of last season and it will be nice to score a few more goals,” he said. “The games will come thick and fast now and that is when you start doing your proper work. You can never replicate what you do in a game in training and it’s from the games that you get the good stuff and the confidence. The results are not the be all and end all. You look at the champions of the Premier League. This week they have drawn one and lost one – it’s all about working hard and getting the miles in your legs and ready for August 18.”

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9 comments

  • In brief, I just wondered whether we might see the "real" Elliott Ward, now he`s had a proper pre-season without the serious injury. Nothing that warranted ethering!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Follow-up comment about Elliott `Titch` Ward ethered. Maybe it`ll re-emerge?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • I am not advocate of bring in players in the twilight of their careers but I look back on the effect Dion had when he came back - could it be CH looks down that road for someone to give the anchor at the back? Obviously some exceptions such as do not try and bring Ledley King out of his retirement.

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    Jakarta Canary

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • cutty I am on your side about defence...but good to have positive reaction from the players OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • I sometimes wonder whether, as we evolve into a "Total Football" outfit, that some midfielders might morph into attack-minded defenders. Eg Bradley J as LB, Benno the Smaller, RB. Maybe CH is happy with his CB options but Ayala & Ryan Bennett are still relatively inexperienced at this level. Then, so were ALL of last season`s 12th position squad! Like a few others, I feel a really authoritative CB to boss the defence is what we may need. Bit like a latter-day Big Dunc or Malky! There`s no doubt we have some very good young players. Compare with what we were left with post relegation to L1, when the ship was deserted in some haste, even by the Player of the Season. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • all the comments coming from the players seem to be very positive.nice to hear that chris hughton prefers possesion football,so i cant see the system changing to much.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I sometimes wonder whether Zak might be Tottenham-bound? They`d be well accustomed to managing serial injury......

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Btw, I also wonder whether we have yet to see the "real" Elliott Ward? His serious pre-season injury last year left him at a huge disadvantage in terms of physical fitness and match-sharpness. I believe at one time West Ham tried to buy him back from Coventry for a significant fee, so he must have been rated highly at that then Prem Club. (welcome back, the Hammers, as long as you yield to us 6 points!). We`ll see, just pondering. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • With the midfield and front runners there's some sharp competition for places, will be interesting to see how it pans out. Little bit nervous about the back four,we let in a lot goals last year.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 20, 2012

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