‘It’s a fantastic club and the gaffer is a fantastic guy’ – Jerome hopes Farke’s work pays off for Canaries
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Daniel Farke's intensive new regime at Norwich City may not have suited Cameron Jerome but the striker is hopeful the German's plans will bring success to his old club.
The 31-year-old joined Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County in a deal reportedly worth an initial £1.5million earlier this week, which could rise to £2m if the Rams go up.
Having started just 11 games and scored one goal in the league for City this season, the former Stoke forward was happy to make a fresh start but full of praise for Farke.
'It's been hit and miss – and it's been new to me,' Jerome said of his season so far. 'The manager at Norwich has come in with a different philosophy. It's in every day, with no days off, and British-based players aren't used to that sort of thing.
'It's 10, 12, 15 kilometres you are covering in training daily, so as a 31-year-old, that's not exactly ideal.
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'But he's a great, great bloke and he's got a great philosophy in terms of what he wants to do. Hopefully the long-term project works down there at Norwich, because it's a fantastic club and the gaffer is a fantastic guy.
'In terms of myself, it's been stop-start, a different regime and just a different style in terms of how the team is playing at the minute.
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'It has been difficult but that's in the past now and I'm looking forward to getting started with Derby.'
However, Jerome – who scored a total of 42 goals in 138 matches for Norwich – feels the second-placed Rams are a much better bet for promotion.
'What's more exciting than joining a team that's chasing promotion? There's no better time, especially at this level,' he added, speaking to the Derby Telegraph.
'No disrespect to Norwich, I could have stayed there and sat out my contract and maybe got paid a little bit more money.
'But they are going through a bit of a transition and they're not going to get promoted this season, and they're not going to get relegated. I think it was the right time to move on.
'It's something which excites me. Coming here is a new challenge to me and you can never beat a new challenge in any workplace.'