Gary O’Neil knows what lies in store at Norwich City

Gary O'Neil makes a swift return to Norwich City with Bristol City. Picture:

Gary O'Neil makes a swift return to Norwich City with Bristol City. Picture: - Credit:

Gary O'Neil revealed he still has plenty of affection for Norwich City, as he aims to put one over the Canaries on Tuesday night with Bristol City.

The 33-year-old midfielder rejected a new Carrow Road deal to join the Robins in the summer, and his new club arrive at Carrow Road with an unblemished league and cup record after three games.

O'Neil, however, is warning the rest of his team-mates Norwich marks the start of a testing spell, with Lee Johnson's squad also facing relegated duo Newcastle United and Aston Villa in consecutive league games.

'Let's not too carried away,' he said. 'We've played Wycombe in the cup – they're a decent side, but are League Two – and we've played two of the promoted boys. We have three tough games now, but, having said that, it's as good a start as we could have asked for. These three teams are better equipped than us to mount a promotion challenge. Newcastle have spent an awful lot of money and Norwich have managed to hold onto the majority of their squad and Aston Villa is a huge club.

'These three are going to be tough for us. We are coming up the other way, just having arrived in the Championship a couple of seasons ago.'

O'Neil spent two years at Carrow Road and was prominent in last season's Premier League relegation tussle.

'I had a fantastic time there and I am looking to go back and hopefully get one over on some mates,' he told his club's official site. 'The second year was tough results-wise but we knew it was going to be.

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'We didn't add enough players to the squad we already had and we were always up against it but I thoroughly enjoyed the battle of trying to stay in the league. At 32 to still play in the Premier League and play 28-odd games was fantastic. I made some really good friends and the fans were fantastic to me. It is a great set of lads. It will be interesting to go back.

'They will be up there. They didn't do as well as they would have liked against Sheffield Wednesday, but they are another good side.'