Drury set to get his testimonial
Adam Drury looks set to be granted a testimonial game to mark his long-standing service to Norwich City.
The Canaries yesterday announced that the left-back has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at Carrow Road until June 30, 2012.
The 32-year-old is currently in his tenth full season at City – having signed from Peterborough United in March, 2001 – traditionally the milestone that signals a testimonial.
The EDP understands City's board of directors have given the testimonial their thumbs up, and that all that is required now is for the Football League to grant permission – which is expected to be little more than a formality.
City manager Paul Lambert yesterday paid tribute to Drury's loyalty.
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'He's been great for me since I've been here and he's a terrific professional and a top player,' he said.
'To be at any club for almost ten years is an achievement in itself and I'm delighted to sign him again for a further year.'
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Drury has been sidelined by a calf injury for more than two months, although he could make a reappearance during the busy festive programme.
'I'm delighted to be at this special club for another year,' he said. 'Things are going well at the moment and the gaffer and the coaching staff have got something special going on and I want to be part of it.
'The fans have been great to me since I've been here and support us in great numbers both home and away.'
Drury was signed by Nigel Worthington, with his former boss at Peterborough Barry Fry claiming City had bought the 'best left-back outside of the Premier League'.
The Cambridge-born Drury won the prestigious Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as player of the season in 2002–03 and the following season was made team captain. It was a campaign which ended with him holding aloft the old First Division trophy on the steps of City Hall in front of tens of thousands of delirious City fans who saw their side heading back to the top flight.
But while the team's fortunes have fluctuated since, Drury has been a constant – he served under Worthington, Peter Grant, Glenn Roeder, Bryan Gunn and now Lambert, and has rarely fallen out of favour with any of them.
His CV shows he has made 334 appearances for City – although without the major injury problems which have seen him miss huge swatches of matches he would have passed 400 by now – scoring four goals.
His last goal was in the 4-3 home win over Leicester City this season, but the one that will live long in the memory was his last-minute equaliser in the 4-4 draw at home to Middlesbrough in the Premier League in 2005 – a match City had been trailing 4-1 just ten minutes earlier.