Elliott Bennett aims to take his Norwich City career to the next level
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Elliott Bennett feels he still has it all to prove at Norwich City as he gears up for his third Premier League season.
The 24-year-old has now made 56 top flight appearances for the club since his move from Brighton in June 2011 but Bennett was used largely in a support role during Chris Hughton's first season at Carrow Road.
'It has really gone so quickly but I am so appreciative of everything that the club has given me in my career. They gave me a great opportunity and all I want to do is keep building on it,' he said. 'That means working hard in pre-season to hopefully get an opportunity to play in the first team on a regular basis. Perhaps last season I didn't start as much as I would have liked, but I want to make a contribution and I was proud of what I did do when I got the chances.
'I don't think someone in my position can afford to think they have made it or that they are a Premier League player. You are always learning. I bet if you asked Steven Gerrard he would say he is still learning things about the game. I think what happens is the more time you spend at Premier League level the more confident you become in your ability to play at this level. Anyone will tell you that confidence is a massive part of football and hopefully I can be in the Premier League many more years to come with Norwich.'
Bennett was involved in the Canaries' opening USA tour match win over Dorados de Sinaloa, but the likes of summer signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer and Martin Olsson were kept in reserve.
The wide midfielder admits it has been a period of transition with the likes of Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson departing in the opposite direction.
'That is what you need as a club if you want to improve. You need to be out there making the quality signings,' he said. 'We brought in a good few players and hopefully we can kick on and look to build on what was a very good end to last season. It was sad to see the lads who left because people like Simeon and Holty played a big part in the success. That is the side of football maybe you don't always see, but the reality is football clubs are always moving on, players and managers move on. That is the game. It is all about trying to improve.'
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