Hamilton ace Tony Andreu plays down talk of Norwich City reunion with Alex Neil
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Tony Andreu admits it would be a 'big thing' to play in the Championship but Hamilton's star man has distanced himself from the prospect of a swift Norwich City reunion with old boss Alex Neil in the January transfer window.
The SPL's leading scorer has been heavily touted with a potential move south to link up with Neil following the former Accies' manager's departure.
Neil made it clear earlier this week he already has a target list of possible new recruits, but insisted talk of Andreu becoming his first signing was pure speculation.
The 26-year-old Frenchman is focusing on Hamilton's weekend league game against Celtic but is sure to be demand after scoring 12 goals in Accies' impressive top flight bow since promotion from the Scottish Championship under Neil.
'For me, Alex was a really good coach. After I left Livingston, he called and asked me to come here (to Hamilton). He trusted me and he was also a good person,' said Andreu. 'He lifted me up in my level of performance. Last year I played better than ever before. I improved with him and I thank him for that.
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'Now we have to move on, but I was delighted to work with him and I wish him well where he is now.
'Until now nothing has happened. I'm here and I want to play for my team-mates and the club. That's all.
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'If something happens, we'll see. It would be a big thing to play in the English Championship, but I am a long way from thinking about that. All I'm thinking about is the game against Celtic. I definitely want to give my best for this club. I have improved a lot here and I've played well in the last couple of months. I want to stay and see what we can achieve. Everyone wants to play at the highest level, but I'm here.'
Andreu, speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, is determined to help Hamilton finish off a stellar campaign. The Accies will draw level with the reigning champions if they can complete a league double at New Douglas Park following a first Parkhead win since before the First World War earlier this season.
'The top six would be amazing. All of the players within the group have improved on last year,' he said. 'We have to thank the coach, because Alex helped us to improve our game, our fitness, everything. We expected to play well in this league.
'Maybe not everyone outside the club thought that, but we did. We want to play better in every game. We can't settle for being okay. That's why we are where we are.'
Neil, speaking earlier this week, knows he will be linked with his old playmaker.
'I think Tony is a player who has potential to play at a high level,' he said. 'However, if I don't need that type of player here, then there is no need for me to go and get him. I need a bit more time to assess if that is the situation.'