Johnson has the hunger to match Lambert’s needs

Norwich new boy Bradley Johnson believes he is a perfect fit for the Canaries.

The combative midfielder is relishing his shot at the big time after agreeing a free transfer from Leeds. Paul Lambert has made no secret of his desire to attract 'hungry' recruits this summer ahead of Norwich's top flight bow – and Johnson is keen to prove he is no exception.

'I know a few of the lads at the club already from my time in the lower leagues,' he said. 'I know they are as hungry as me and I'm sure that's just one of the reasons why they got back-to-back promotions.

'They proved they were a good team by getting that, and another deciding factor for me was to join a team that enjoys playing football, is hungry and has got that desire to succeed.

'When I spoke to Paul, he just sold the club to me and I just couldn't wait to get down and sign. Paul told me that he likes me as a player and that he knows I've got that hunger and desire. I'm sure he can teach me a lot of things in the position I play, because he played it himself. He just told me to come here and enjoy it.'

The former Cambridge United trainee scored 17 goals in 107 games for Leeds after a move from Northampton in 2008 – but insisted the time was right to leave.

'Leeds is a good club, but to get a chance at the top flight, which is every player's dream, you can't turn it down,' he told City's official site.

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'I enjoyed my time at Leeds and I'll miss people who worked with the club. But I've got to move on now and I'm a Norwich City player and I'll try my hardest and play my best for them now.'