Norwich City will need to kick on in Premier League next season

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has warned the Canaries will find it even tougher in the Premier League next season.

Surman believes adding the likes of his first club Southampton and Championship title winners Reading to the top flight mix ensures City will have to re-produce this season's heroics to prosper again.

The 25-year-old still retains plenty of affection for the resurgent Saints, who have now emulated Norwich's achievement of securing back-to-back promotions from League One.

'It's great, I'm really pleased for them. It's been a long few years for them with double relegation. They're back where they belong,' he said.

'They're a Premier League club, they have a Premier League set-up and they have some very good players as well, so all the best for next season. Any team that gets promoted form the Championship is always going to compete in the Premier League.

'I'm sure they'll invest in the summer, bring in some new players and make sure they're ready to compete next season. Whoever you play next season is going to be a tough game whether they're newly-promoted or really established in the Premier League.

'I haven't been back there since I left so I'll look forward to playing there again – if selected and fit, touch wood. I'm really pleased for the club.'

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Surman has made 25 Premier League ahead of Norwich's home finale against Aston Villa this weekend after a bit part role in the top division during his previous spell at Wolves in 2009.

The City midfielder insists he was not the only one with something to prove in Paul Lambert's squad.

'Yes, I think probably everyone had that attitude at the start of the season,' he said. 'We were lacking Premier League experience and I think everyone wants to go and prove they can play at the top level.

'Having not really played at Wolves, it was important I went out and tried to show maybe I should have been playing. There was always a point to prove and as long as you keep that attitude you'll keep your place. It's been great to have a run of games. At Wolves I was in and out and I only played a handful of games.

'It's difficult to get some form when you're in and out of the team. But thankfully the gaffer's given me a run in the team and it's been a successful season. If you take your foot off the gas, there is always someone to come in and take your shoes and see if they can prove themselves in the Premier League.

'I've kicked on since then and managed to get a good run of games and I've been pleased with my form.'

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