Future Voices: What does next season hold for newly-promoted Norwich City Football Club?

Future Voices: Norwich City Football Club. Photo: Beth Ashby

Future Voices: Norwich City Football Club. Photo: Beth Ashby - Credit: Archant

After a brief one-year sabbatical away from England's highest tier, Norwich City FC are back in the big time, gearing up for their return to the Premier League, but what can we expect for this season?

A realistic target for the Canaries would be to cement their position in the Premier League. Any club which gets promoted from the Championship has the ambition of stabilising their status as a Premiership club, and Norwich must guard against the yo-yo effect of promoted clubs traditionally going straight back down.

However, considering the size and stature of the club, and the terrific fan base they possess, you never know, and the Canaries may surprise a few and ascend into the upper echelons of the league.

City's squad certainly looks in good shape for the new season. One of those who is eager to impress is City's 2015 player of the year, Bradley Johnson. Bradley shone last season in the Championship, playing 44 times, scoring 15 and assisting twice, across a series of dazzling displays in the heart of Norwich's midfield.

Others to look out for will be Canaries' captain Russell Martin; 6'4' legendary shot-stopper John Ruddy; young exciting England under-21 international Nathan Redmond, and Celtic frontman Gary Hooper who will aim to fire in his fair share of goals to rival the league's finest strikers for the Golden Boot.

No doubt one of the most exciting elements of pre-season for fans and managers alike is the transfer window. Norwich have already acquired two astute midfield signings in the shape of free agent Yousuff Mulumbu, and the permanent capture of Graham Dorrans, both from West Brom. Speaking of Mulumbu on the Canaries website, Alex Neil said: 'He's another fantastic player to add to an already-strong squad going into the Premier League.'

Two other expected arrivals are left mid-fielder Robbie Brady, 23, from Hull, and Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, 23, from Celtic.

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Norwich are exploring various viable forward options in the hope of bolstering their squad. Their main target appears to be Benin striker Rudy Gestede, currently of Blackburn, who has made it very clear that he's angling for a move to the Premiership. The deal is expected to cost in excess of £7 million. We may see more development on this transfer saga in coming weeks. Fans are hugely excited for what is hoped to be a positive season of stability ahead. The optimism and faith is strong amongst the Norwich faithful.

Toby Jones, 16, from Banham: 'I think every Norwich fan feels Alex Neil can keep them up next season. The squad has more experience than when we were last up.'

No matter how good a team is, you need a strong fan base to support the players and this will be vital to their survival in England's top division.

Best of luck Canaries, in what is sure to be a memorable season - a defining part of the club's prestigious 113-year history. We look forward to their opening Premier League fixture at Carrow Road on Saturday, August 8, where Norwich entertain Crystal Palace.

Come on you Yellows!

For more information, see the Canaries' section of the EDP website.

Aaron Cahill, 16, from Attleborough

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