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AJAX BOW FOR SNODGRASS

1 August 2012

Robert Snodgrass plays final 20 minutes against Dutch champions

SUMMER signed Robert Snodgrass was delighted to make his first appearance in a Norwich City shirt against Ajax at Carrorw Road on Tuesday night after completing his transfer from Leeds United.

The Scottish international played the final 20 minutes against the Dutch champions, and came on to a rousing reception from the 16,708 strong Yellow Army during what was another excellent pre-season showing from the Canaries.

“It was good to get on the park in front of these fans,” Snodgrass told Canaries Player. “I think the gaffer will slowly but surely bring me into it. It’s about getting used to your team-mates, and to be playing against a team like Ajax, it’s always going to be a tough test.

“I’m sure the lads will be excited for the start of the season, because I certainly am. We want to make sure we get a good pre-season under our belts and kick-on.

“I’ve done all the fitness side of things, it’s just the match fitness, so I’ve got to try and get that, that’s important. There are a couple of games coming up, so I’ll hopefully play some part in those to try and get my fitness up.”

Snodgrass will be familiar with several members of Chris Hughton’s Norwich City squad already, having played alongside both Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson at Leeds, but that’s not all.

He added: “I know Wes Hoolahan, Russell Martin, and Steven Whittaker too. I knew what it was all about here to be honest. 

“Norwich played against Leeds here a couple of years ago and clinched promotion so I know they’ve got some great players, a great bunch of lads, and a great team spirit. 

“Straight away as soon as I came in the door they made me feel welcome, so I just can’t wait to get started now. 

“I know from the lads how good it is here, what a nice place is it to live, and what a close group it is as well, so everything came together for me to make this decision.”

With the winger seemingly settling well into life in Norfolk, and the start of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season looming large against Fulham on August 18, things are certainly looking positive.

“It’s unbelievable what Norwich have done really,” said Snodgrass. “I’m sure they surprised a few Premier League teams last season with their performances and the way they went about their business. 

“People speak about the second season syndrome, but I’m sure that won’t be the case as the lads are hungry and ready. We’ve got a hungry manager too and I’m sure everything will come together.

“I’ve played with the lads in training, and it’s about making sure we’re ready for that first game of the season against Fulham.”

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