Drury not ready to call time yet

Adam Drury is becoming something of a veteran when it comes to Norwich City promotion parties.

The City left-back enjoyed his first, as captain, when the Canaries took the old First Division by storm in 2004 and was an integral part of last season's League One winning side.

And while Saturday's party completed a welcome treble – the latter stages of the season have been spent watching from the sidelines after Drury lost his place to Marc Tierney.

Drury admits he has no room for complaint – the results speak for themselves – but insists that there is plenty of life left in his 32-year-old legs.

'It's definitely not over yet,' said Drury, who has been granted a testimonial having passed his 10-year anniversary with the Canaries after signing from Peterborough in March, 2001.


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'You don't know what the manager has in his head so I have just got to get on with it. It's one of those things that happens in football.

'I can't really argue, to be honest, at not being able to get back into the team because the lads have been winning every week.

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'If the team was losing games then you could probably turn around and ask why you're not playing, but obviously Marc has come in and done brilliantly. It really isn't as if anyone can knock anyone, is it?'

Drury's attitude perhaps reflects the closeness of the squad that has been a valuable component under manager Paul Lambert.

'There is a great team ethic,' said Drury. 'That's what the gaffer has done here. He has got a team spirit that is unbelievable and it has brought everyone together.

'We're trying to sort out a trip away together so we will see what happens, but all the lads are definitely going to enjoy this for sure.

'It's always the same – if the lads do anything we do it together. It has been like that a long time now – lads who come in do it as well and if you are going to do something you make sure everyone is involved.'

Drury finished the season off with around 20 minutes at the end of Saturday's game: an appearance that raised the Carrow Road roof again. And even after all his experience, the post-match lap of acknowledgement and all the attendant partying and back slapping hasn't quite helped to knock home the realisation that City are back in the big time.

'It hasn't really sunk in just yet,' said Drury. 'I think maybe when the fixtures come out and you see who we are going to be playing, we will realise it. To do all we have done is just incredible. You have to enjoy these moments because I have seen a few lows and a few highs in my time here.'

His time began when Nigel Worthington persuaded Posh to let Drury go in exchange for �500,000 –opening the door to a whole new world.

'I would never have imagined when I first came to the club 10 years ago that this would have happened, and I am going to enjoy every minute of it,' said Drury. 'I've enjoyed every minute of it so far and I have got on well with the fans and hopefully that will continue a bit longer.

'The turnaround in the last years here has been incredible. You think about two years ago when we got relegated and to turn it around the way the gaffer and his staff and the players have done is incredible – and the fans have stuck with us all the way as well.

'We sell out at home every week. There are some clubs who you would think are better located and could do it, but they don't. The away following has been colossal and the way the club is from top to bottom is reflected in the way that lads stay in the area, and lads come here because they really want to be here.

'I think people this year would have been happy if we'd been mid-table and consolidated in this league, but the gaffer wants success and you can see that in the way he is and the way the staff he has around him are – right through the club.'

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