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New columnists Chris Reeve.

New columnists Chris Reeve. - Credit: Archant

It has happened again. Most City fans have forgotten about the relegation hurt and are up for the fight once more, so it's only appropriate I go through the reasons why we should be optimistic about this season.

Norwich City are out to prove a point. It's something our players will definitely want to do, but also Alex Neil. After whimpering away without a trace at the back end of last season, I think he'll have more fire in his belly than ever before to bounce City straight back up to the Premier League once more.

'He's big, he's Swiss' - We've somehow managed to keep hold of our best Premier League quality asset in Klose, until January, at least. This was by far the best bit of business for the club this summer. Over pre-season it's been clear to see through social media Klose is more than just a vital defender. He's really been helping to create a feel-good atmosphere amongst the players and fans. Big characters like him are exactly what we need for the very long journey that is the Championship season.

After his heroic Euro displays, Wes Hoolahan has washed away any doubt he's ready to plod along as a passenger this season. I don't think I've ever witnessed a footballer looking more fresh and confident at his age. Norwich City's very own midfield catalyst, maestro, Messi, the list goes on. During pre-season he's looked like a new signing. Bring on the 'Westimonial' when his contract is up. New goalkeeper Michael McGovern also enjoyed plenty of plaudits during the Euros. Links with Alex Neil from Hamilton means his arrival will certainly be keeping John Ruddy on his toes, which is always healthy.

A new hero? No, not new goalkeeper Paul Jones, but Alex Pritchard. Signing players of this calibre only means progression. Made a very good impression on Brentford fans last season and loves a free-kick too.

There is a real emphasis on bringing through youth players, finally. Contributing goals between them, Josh and Jacob Murphy have looked particularly impressive during pre-season. They're not the only younger players that should be knocking on Neil's door, though. James Maddison definitely has serious potential. Hopefully, we'll see them link up with their more experienced counterparts.

The new chief executive has landed – almost. Having replaced David McNally, Jez Moxey should bring a new way of doing things and be a breath of fresh air. He's already helped the likes of Wolves and Stoke expand their stadiums and quoted being supportive of safe standing too, which surely puts him in the Barclay-boys' good books straight away. He's also experienced new owners coming in and investing, which is worth noting.

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• Column written by Chris Reeve

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