Lambert is not one to rest on his laurels

Chris LakeyPaul Lambert says it's time to look to the future - and allow City's League One title success to take its place in the history books. The Canaries boss has already started his own planning, with two signings already in the bag for the Championship campaign - and more rumours yesterday of interest in another.Chris Lakey

Paul Lambert says it's time to look to the future - and allow City's League One title success to take its place in the history books.

The Canaries boss has already started his own planning, with two signings already in the bag for the Championship campaign - and more rumours yesterday of interest in another.

"Last season has gone," said Lambert. "It's a great bit of history with the club, but it's gone. You never dwell on the past, you have got to look at the future and we will do everything we can to do as well as we can in the Championship."

Midfielder Andrew Crofts and centre-half Elliott Ward have joined up to the cause, with reports yesterday claiming Lambert was also interested in Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy and Cardiff midfielder Solomon Taiwo.


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Lambert now has four centre-halves on his books, but admitted he may make more signings to strengthen his back line.

"Will I strengthen again in the back four? There's a possibility I could do it because I think the lads need a hand," he said.

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"The current group were brilliant for me last year, really brilliant. They need a hand. That's what I will try and do. I will try and give this club the best chance. I will do everything I can to make it successful."

According to Sky Sports yesterday, McCarthy could be that defender.

Sheffield United - who also wanted Ward - are also reportedly interested in the 26-year-old.

McCarthy has suffered from a long-term shoulder problem, but still managed to start 20 Championship games last season - including the thrilling finale when Palace drew 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday to stay up, and relegate their opponents.

His former manager at Palace, Neil Warnock, recently described as a player "you'd want in the trenches with you".

While the addition of another defender is up in the air, there is little doubt that Lambert has to find himself a goalkeeper for next season - with Fraser Forster still first choice, if parent club Newcastle allow him to return on loan.

Forster's stock has never been higher, with former Canaries and Newcastle goalkeeping coach Tommy Wright tipping a big future.

"I've worked with Glenn Roeder and Lee Clark at Norwich, and they both speak highly of Fraser," said Wright "He's done really well at Norwich and that must have been a fantastic experience for him.

"It's about being patient as a young keeper, but if you get the chance to go out and play in the Football League, you should take it if it means first-team football. You will learn more than you will in the reserves.

"He's got a long career ahead of him.

"It will be interesting to see what they'll do. I'm sure Norwich would love to have Fraser back there again."

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