Norwich City defender not ready to call time on his Premier League career
Adam Drury is not quite ready to write the final chapter of his Norwich City career.
The left-back admitted yesterday he is looking forward to what he labelled a 'special couple of weeks' culminating in his testimonial date against Scottish giants Celtic at Carrow Road later this month to mark his 11 years service.
Drury, however, insists there is plenty of Premier League mileage left on the clock with City manager Paul Lambert poised to sit down with all his out-of-contract stars after this weekend's Aston Villa farewell to finalise their futures.
'I don't know what's going to happen – simple as that,' he said. 'And some of the other lads don't, but it's part of football. Whether I am here or not it's one of those things.
'Everything evolves, the club evolves, so I just have to wait and see. I think I've done all right in the games I've played. You can only do things when they're asked of you. I think maybe some other people were surprised how I've played and how well I've done. I never had any doubts in my ability and I still think I can do a job, but it's not down to me and the manager will make the right decision whatever he thinks is right, it's as simple as that.
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'It's been a memorable season. I was not playing at the start but have been involved since Christmas onwards. Everyone who has played has done fantastically and I think it's a massive achievement.'
Drury's immediate fear when he injured his groin against Liverpool was missing out on that high profile trip to the Emirates. The 33-year-old is poised to return to training this weekend to push his claims for inclusion against Villa.
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'I'm back outside, running and twisting and turning, so I should be back training tomorrow,' he said. 'When I did it I wasn't even thinking about my own game, to be honest. I was just thinking, 'It's Arsenal away next weekend and then the end of the season, because everybody wants to play at the end of the season.'
'I hope it's settled down all right and I'll be all right to be involved this weekend. Whether I play or not is not down to me but at least I'll be back training.
'It's a nice feeling to know we're safe but the manager won't let us relax. We'll still have to go out and try to win the game.
'Other teams have got things to play for and we've got to be fair to every other team as well. We don't relax in any game, we're not allowed to, its as simple as that.'
Drury believes Lambert's squad deserve all the plaudits going.
'One of the big things we've got in our dressing room is that everyone's in it together. There are no egos or big-time Charlies,' he said. 'Everyone wants to play for each other and the football club and the staff and I think that's a big, big part of what has got us where we are. There is quality as well in the side, but the management and coaching staff take a big part of that as well with the different formations and different tactics we've had during the season.
'It's been 10 out of 10. I don't think you could really ask for any more. At the start of the season if you had said we'd be safe with a few games to go and the chance of finishing a couple of places higher than we are now, 13th, people would probably have thought you were joking. I think it's been an unbelievable season and a massive achievement by everyone involved.'