Exiled Norwich City star looks to the future

Norwich City's on-loan defender Sebastien Bassong is looking forward to his first experience of the

Norwich City's on-loan defender Sebastien Bassong is looking forward to his first experience of the Championship at Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's out-of-favour defender Seb Bassong is focusing on the future, not the past, after a loan switch to Championship rivals Watford.

The 28-year-old moved to Vicarage Road on a 93-day loan during the current international break in search of first team football after slipping down the pecking order under Norwich chief Neil Adams.

Bassong still has two years left on his existing Canaries' deal but the Cameroon international has played no part on Adams' watch since he replaced ex-boss Chris Hughton towards the end of the recent Premier League relegation campaign.

'Last season was not easy for me but that is football. I am here now and I will try to do my best,' said City's former captain and player of the year.

'When I saw Watford at the top of the table that was a key factor for me. I had a good feeling when they came in for me, it didn't take me long to make my choice.


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'I'm really happy to be here and I can't wait to get started. They want to do well and I am sure I will enjoy this experience. Every player can bring a little bit to the group so I will try to bring my strength and quality.

'I know a couple of the players already, I know Heurelho Gomes from Spurs, we played together and I used to live not far from here when I played for Spurs. Watford is a good team for me, with ambition and plans for the future which are really good – they're building a new stand at the stadium – and that's what I like, that's what I'm here for.'

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Bassong has never previously played in the Championship but he saw enough from Norwich's early tussles this season to convince him he can adapt.

'I've watched a few Norwich games. I actually saw the Watford game (at Carrow Road) and it is a different type of game compared to the Premier League, a physical game at high intensity. I like it,' Bassong told the Hornets' official site. 'I think I need a couple of training sessions to get back to my best as soon as possible and there are loads of players away on international duty at the moment so slowly but surely I am getting to know them.'

Watford opted to recruit Bassong to address a growing defensive injury crisis with Gabrial Tamas (knee), Gabriele Angella (ankle) and Craig Cathcart (calf) all sidelined.

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