Drury's done deal
Norwich City skipper Adam Drury has finally committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract. The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that will tie him to the club until 2011 with the player insisting his Carrow Road future was never in any doubt.
Norwich City skipper Adam Drury has finally committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.
The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that will tie him to the club until 2011 with the player insisting his Carrow Road future was never in any doubt.
“I'm absolutely delighted,” he said. “I always made it clear that I wanted to stay here because I wanted to help the club move forward in what's going to be a new era now.
“Everyone knows this season has been a big disappointment and basically it's out of the way now and we've got to move on to next season and get ready to go for that.”
Drury, who was heavily linked with Derby during the transfer window, admitted the lure of playing in front of a full house at Carrow Road made the decision to stay in Norfolk an easy one.
“It's one of those things that once you're attracted to a club like this that's sold out every week, why would you want to go and play anywhere else.
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“That's one of the big draws. You could go play somewhere else and play in front of 10,000 every week, whereas here you get a full house, it's a lovely area and it's a great club.”
Drury's new deal is likely to include a testimonial clause as the completion of his contract will mean he has been at the club for 10 years.
The former Peterborough defender also welcomed the arrival of Andrew and Sharon Turner to the City board and hopes the couple can herald the dawn of a new era at the club.
“Obviously it's great what they've done for the club, they've bridged the gap already which we would have been missing money-wise and that can only be a good thing for the club.
“It might mean that we don't have to sell a player and things like that so it's great news for the club. It's a new era now with a new manager, start of a new season and I want to be part of what's going to happen here. We want to be back to where we deserve to be, which is the Premier League.”
Drury has had to endure a number of injuries this season and he is hoping to have more luck next in the next campaign to he can get back to the form that has made him widely regarded as one of the best left-backs outside the Premiership.
“I've had both ankles operated on, lost three teeth and done my neck the other day so you don't get any rhythm into your game and it's hard to get consistency. I'm looking forward to a good rest in the summer and recuperating and going again next year. Hopefully we can achieve a lot more.”