Grant Hanley is pledging to get even better at Norwich City
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Grant Hanley insists the best is yet to come from him after an impressive start to life at Norwich City.
The Scottish international has emerged as a defensive bedrock under Daniel Farke, since his move from Newcastle United.
Hanley also had a crucial role in City’s dramatic stoppage-time comeback against Ipswich Town with the deep cross for Timm Klose’s 95th-minute equaliser.
The 26-year-old admits he has found a new lease of life at Carrow Road after a bit-part role on Tyneside.
“I definitely feel there is more to come from me,” he said.
“When I played last year at Newcastle I was only really in for a game or a couple of games at a time. I think any player will tell you it really does take three or four games in a row to get into your stride.
“I am really thankful that I have that chance here to get a decent run in the side and I have felt like I am really back to the match sharpness you need.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.
“I am happy with how I am playing. I need to keep working hard and the most important thing for me is to start games.
“Maybe because there are so many young lads here I am seen as one of the older heads but at the same time I know I am still learning and I have to keep bettering myself.
“Everybody knows this is a very physical league and we have a lot of technical players who like to get the ball down and pass it.
“I am not saying I don’t like to do that but I do bring a physical edge.
“You need that in this league. I have always had that in my game and I do enjoy it.”
Hanley will be a key figure at the back again for City in Wednesday’s Championship trip to leaders Wolves, but the centre back revealed Farke is also demanding more moments like his late attacking cameo against Ipswich.
“It is certainly something the manager is always complaining about, that our defenders don’t score enough,” he said.
“I have to argue the first job for us is keeping them out but in all seriousness it is something we need to do more of.
“Timm has scored a few in a couple of really important games.
“Me and Christoph (Zimmermann) need to be a bit more of a threat. There is a lot of pressure on the strikers but it is not just them.
“All the lads are working together.”
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