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JOHNSON - 'I'M READY TO GO'

13 August 2012

Bradley Johnson looks ahead to the new campaign

CITY midfielder Bradley Johnson is determined to hit the ground running once the new Barclays Premier League season gets underway against Fulham on Saturday.

Johnson was part of the side that started the Canaries’ final pre-season clash against Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend – which ended with a 2-0 defeat, but attentions will now turn to the Premier League opener at Craven Cottage.

After a successful first season in the top-flight last time around, Johnson is eager to prove that it wasn’t a one-off by picking up where he left off as soon as possible.

He told Canaries Player: “I’m ready to go. I’ve had a good injury-free pre-season, and hopefully it stays that way. 

“I started well last year. I didn’t know what to expect from the Premier League, but I got my head down and worked hard. I’m going to do the same again this year and hopefully I can do enough to be in the starting line-up next week.

“Last season taught me that there are players in this league that can win a game by themselves, and the less mistakes you make, the more chance you have of winning. 

“In our first five games last year we gave away five penalties, and hopefully we can change that. But mistakes will cost you dearly in this league.”

Manager Chris Hughton has brought in four new recruits already this summer in the form of Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield, Michael Turner, and Johnson’s former Leeds United team-mate Robert Snodgrass.

Along with Johnson, Snodgrass joins another former Leeds captain, Jonny Howson, in the City side – a trio who are very familiar with each other on the pitch.

“Snodgrass is a good player,” said Johnson. “I’ve seen him out on the wing during my time at Leeds. 

“He can beat players, and he pulls a special moment out of the bag every now and again. He gets goals which will help us, and anywhere he plays – either in the hole or on the wing, I think he’ll do well for us.

“It’s nice to play with the lads, but anyone who steps into the team this year will do the same job. 

“We’re all good players and there’s a lot of competition in the midfield, so we all want to play.

“Whoever plays in midfield, we’ll all work hard for the team and do the best we can.”

A change of management seems only to have given Johnson and his team-mates added drive to kick on from the previous campaign and secure yet another season of Premier League football for the Club.

He added: “The Manager has brought his new staff in and it’s the same as before - they want us to work hard and get in people’s faces. 

“The way we play isn’t going to change – we’re a bunch of hungry lads and we all want to do the best we possibly can.

“It has been a long and tough pre-season, but we have been working hard to stay in this league once again, and we’ve got our heads down, had a break, and we’ll try to continue what we did last year.

“We had a good season last year, finished in 12th, and we want to kick on again, but the main thing is staying in the league.”

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