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GARRIDO - 'READY TO PLAY'

Garrido will wear the number 18 shirt

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09:00 24th August 2012

by Emily McNally

New signing believes City have the ability to bounce back

CITY’S fifth new signing of the summer, Javier Garrido has told Canaries Player that the team are hoping to bounce back after last week’s 5-0 defeat at Craven Cottage. 

The Canaries have the chance to get some points on the board in front of the Yellow Army at Carrow Road on Saturday, when Queens Park Rangers are the visitors in the Barclays Premier League.

“The Manager told us that despite what happened in last week’s game, he knows a quality of our team is to not give up and we want to show our best to all the Norwich fans,” Garrido told Canaries Player.

The 27-year old Spanish defender missed out on City’s first game of the season against Fulham due to international clearance not being granted until this week. 

He explained: “The important thing is to start playing, and now it’s all sorted so when the Manager decides, I will be ready to play.”

The defender joins City on a season-long loan from former Italian champions Lazio, who ended the 2011-12 season in fourth position in Serie A. City also have the option of extending the deal at the end of the season.

Garrido started his career at Real Sociedad in Spain in La Liga, where he played 86 games between August 2004 and August 2007, and revealed that he is settling in well at Carrow Road.  

“Everything is new to me but after a few days being here, it’s getting better and better, so I’m happy,” said Garrido.

“Everybody who is involved with the club has made me very welcome.”

The ex-Manchester City man, who is also looking forward to making his first appearance at Carrow Road, added: “I can’t wait to be honest, it’s only a few days until the game but we will have to wait and see what the Manager decides on Saturday, and if I have the chance to play I will do my very best.

“I came here to start playing week in, week out, that’s what I want.”

City’s summer recruit believes that the support of the Yellow Army will be very important on Saturday after the defeat at Craven Cottage, and hope to use his experience in the Premier League, having played for Manchester City over a three year period between 2007-2010, making 49 appearances.

He said: “I am pretty sure everyone will go to the stadium to support us, and that will be very important for us.” 

“The Premier League is great, I know from being here a few years ago what the league is like, so I know what to expect.” 

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