Vaughan is feeling the part

Norwich City's much-vaunted team spirit has already made an impression on summer signing James Vaughan.

The Canaries' never-say-die attitude under manager Paul Lambert has been the mainstay of a meteoric rise from the depths of League One to the Premier League, along with injury-time winners and gallant comebacks.

Vaughan, who moved from Everton at the end of May for a fee believed to be upwards of �1.5m, joined his team-mate at City's Colney training centre for the first time at the beginning of last week for fitness tests – and from that moment, the striker felt what Norwich fans have seen demonstrated on the pitch with impeccable regularity.

'Everyone told me about the team spirit here before I came and you can really see it with the lads,' said Vaughan, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today.

'Everyone is talking to you like you're a part of the team from the off and making you feel really welcome. I'm sure that sort of spirit will be the foundations of where we want to get to in the future.


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'First impressions are that Norwich will be a great place to live and it looks like a really nice area. It's a really nice city.'

Full pre-season training started this week, with City heading to Ridgeons League side Gorleston on Saturday for their first public outing – before a first team training camp and pair of friendlies in Germany.

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For Vaughan, his move represents a chance to settle properly at a new club after bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old at Goodison Park – but latterly having to make do with loan spells at Derby, Leicester and Crystal Palace.

'To come here and really see the place just really makes you want to get to that first game of the season and start playing some football,' said Vaughan.

'Paul got the deal done very quickly, showed a lot of faith in me and since I have been here he has made me feel very welcome. You see him with the lads and he is brilliant.

'He just told me to do my best and put the ball in the back of the net and that is what I will be looking to do, and hopefully if that happens I will be able to get in the team and stay there.'

Vaughan is one of six new arrivals at Carrow Road this summer, and the one with by far the most Premier League experience under his belt.

'I've played in the Premier League before and all I can say is that it's definitely the place you want to be playing, and for me it is the best league in the world,' said Vaughan. 'I am just looking forward to experiencing it with Norwich City.

'It's the first game in the Premier League for the club in six years, and the first for me personally for a while as well.

'For a few of the boys it will be the first time ever.

'I think everyone knows how big a club Norwich is, I don't think that can be put up for debate.'

Meanwhile, Lambert's squad has been boosted by Leon Barnett's full recovery from injury. The defender missed the final three months of last season after damaging his hamstring in February.

'He is totally fine, he is doing great at the minute,' Lambert explained.

'He is raring to go, he has worked really hard to get over that injury and the last few days he has been right on it. It was a big loss losing him when we did, he is totally fine now and allied with Ritchie (de Laet) we have got four top centre-halves.'

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