Player of the season voting to close

Chris LakeyVoting closes today for Norwich City's Player of the Year - and selecting the right man is making the "other" poll look like a piece of cake. In recent years, the multiple choice has been a bit like selecting from Brown, Cameron and Clegg: not much between a pretty average bunch.Chris Lakey

Norwich City's long-serving defender Adam Drury says he could easily get used to the Championship high life.

Drury and Paul McVeigh - who was released by the club on Friday - were the only survivors on the playing staff from the club's previous civic celebrations at last week's memorable League One title-winning parade through the city. Drury and the rest of Paul Lambert's squad enjoyed an open topped bus tour before holding the trophy aloft in front of thousands of Canaries' supporters at Norwich Castle.

The reliable defender said his latest piece of silverware and the euphoria since clinching promotion back to the Championship had been every bit as memorable as lifting the old Division One title in 2004.

"It's still unbelievable every time you do this," said Drury. "You come to the city and you never know what to expect to be honest.

"You hear rumours about how many people there will or won't be, but we came and as soon as we got into the city the streets have been packed from the word go and the atmosphere has been fantastic. And obviously they have had a big part to play in this season - the fans - so it's nice for us to say thanks to them, as well as they do to us. I was all for the celebrating, because you don't get the chance very often. So when you do get the chance, you've got to milk it."

Drury will now hope to reach the 300 league appearance landmark for the Canaries early next season after sampling the highs and lows in the past 12 months. The 31-year-old was out injured this time last year and missed the club's slide into the third tier for the first time since 1960 before playing his part in an instant return.

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"Something like last season, you go away depressed and obviously letting people down, stuff like that," he said. "Whereas this year it's the other way around, so we'll enjoy ourselves, that's for sure. It plays on your mind when there has been a bad one.

"You look back at certain bits of the season and think where could we have done better, where could we have done this and that - but obviously we'll go off after this season thinking it went well and hopefully it will carry on into next."

After such a fantastic end to the Canaries' season, Drury is already looking forward to the prospect of a tenth at Carrow Road since joining from Peterborough in 2001 - although those thoughts do not extend to the pre-season grind.

"That's stretching it a little bit too far," he said. "Obviously you're looking forward to next season but I think first of all the lads will all enjoy their summers, go away and have a break, and then come back and hopefully that momentum will carry us on next season."