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Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman admits joining Norwich City was still a brilliant decision for his career

18:23 11 January 2015

Gary Hooper is hassled by Andrew Surman at Bournemouth
 on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Gary Hooper is hassled by Andrew Surman at Bournemouth on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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He may have called time on his Norwich City spell, but Andrew Surman believes it remains one of his career-defining periods.

The Bournemouth midfielder played 85 minutes of their home defeat to 10-man Norwich City on Saturday – his first appearance against the Canaries since leaving permanently in late August.

“Playing for Norwich City was a massive part of my career and I really enjoyed it there,” said Surman.

“I wasn’t sure how things would go after leaving Wolves in 2010 but we won promotion and stayed in the Premier League. Things changed with a new manager (Chris Hughton) coming in, while I also had a few problems with injuries. The first two seasons were hugely enjoyable though and in hindsight, moving to Carrow Road was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. I’ve been lucky with the way things have worked out since, because coming here has given me a new lease of life. The gaffer (Eddie Howe) helped me get back to full fitness and has developed my game.

“People may have looked at my move and thought it was a backward step but I never saw it like that…With top players and a top manager, I thought we had a good chance of promotion.

The Championship leaders lost their first league game in 15 at the weekend.

Surman added: “Norwich have experienced mixed fortunes this season but they have some really good players and I’m sure they’ll go on a run at some point between now and May.”

Surman got a good reception from the City fans at Dean Court, although Lewis Grabban’s return to his old club was not so well received.

“It’s part and parcel of the game that you get stick when you go back,” Surman told Matchday. “But he doesn’t deserve it. He is a good lad, did really well for us last season and I enjoyed playing with him.”

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5 comments

  • Class player

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    spark

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • naughty michael - I went to the match and that is word for word from the Bournemouth programme yesterday

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    citizen

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Nice guy , Andrew Surman , and a good servant to NCFC despite the injuries . Glad he is still doing well with his new club .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Good for him. Never let us down and seems at home in Bournemouth. Used to live there myself in the mid 80's and loved it. Great climate and loads to do. Watched the Cherries many times and am surprised to see them now realistically looking at a go in the top flight. In Eddie Howe they have a top, top manager who seems to want to stay with them.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Great career decision bearing in mind the knee injuries while at Norwich. Still, AS will be held in high esteem especially reminiscing the opener in the 1p5wich demolition at Portman Road. Good to see he's settled at at a competitive club

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    ole tommy buster custard

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

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