Huckerby: I want to leave a legacy
CHRIS LAKEY Darren Huckerby says he wants to leave his mark on the history of Norwich City FC - by being recognised as one of the club's greatest players. “I want to leave a legacy,” said the Canaries talisman.
Darren Huckerby says he wants to leave his mark on the history of Norwich City FC - by being recognised as one of the club's greatest players.
“I want to leave a legacy,” said the Canaries talisman. “I want to be remembered as one of the best players to have played for Norwich City, simple as that.
“I want to be remembered as one of the most exciting players to play for Norwich City.
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“If I can finish and 10 years down the line people say, 'oh, can you remember when Darren Huckerby used to beat three or four players, game in game out?' I will be happy.”
Huckerby is enjoying arguably the best form of his City career, which began three and a half years and which has seen him elevated to cult status among the yellow and green faithful.
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He helped City to the First Division title and the Premiership in 2004 and this season, in their hour of need, has been one of the major contributors in a battle against relegation which seems to have been all but won.
His recent games have been highlighted by a string of brilliant solo goals - the latest of which earned City a win against Stoke on Saturday.
The 30-year-old's form with City has rarely dipped and although he has been linked with moves north of the border to be reunited with former Coventry boss Gordon Strachan at Celtic, he has always insisted he wants to see out his career at Carrow Road before hanging up his turbo-powered boots.
“I have been at other clubs - at Coventry I will be remembered and I want to be remembered at this club as one of the best players to have played here - the only way to do that is by keeping playing well,” he said.
Huckerby is in the twilight of a career which has included England Under-21 and England B appearances - but never a senior call-up. And while Huckerby knows it will never happen now, his insistence that he has no regrets carries a sting in the tail.
“I wouldn't say regrets - but some people who have got England caps … I know I am a better player than them,” he said. “It doesn't really worry me to be honest, it is not going to happen now.”
It was during Huckerby's days at Coventry, ironically alongside current team-mate Dion Dublin, that he saw his best chance of a senior cap pass him by.
“If it was going to happen it would have happened years ago, when I was playing the Premier League week in, week out,” he said. “At the time, when I probably should have got a call-up, me and Dion were probably the top partnership in the Premier League. I didn't get called up then so it is not going to happen now is it?
“It is a great honour to play for your country. I was fortunate to play for the under-21s and England B, but I don't have any regrets. A lot of people got caps, but that's life. Over different stages people have got caps that maybe didn't deserve them, but I am not too worried. I will be able to look back on my career when I have finished and I will be pretty satisfied with what I have achieved.”