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SURMAN: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK

16 July 2014

City's opening goal scorer at Braintree says Canaries have everything they need for success.

ANDREW Surman has returned to the Norwich City fold after a successful year on loan with Bournemouth, and he marked his homecoming with the opening goal of City's 6-1 win over Braintree.

It's been a long time coming.

"It was just nice to get on the scoresheet really. I didn't score at all last season. I was out injured before that so it had been a while."



Before joining Bournemouth last year, Surman had suffered a long-term knee injury that kept him out of action for the Canaries. But it would prove a rejuvenating experience for the midfielder as he helped the Cherries achieve a highly creditable 10th-place finish in their first Championship season.

Speaking to media after the final whistle at Braintree, he said: "I had a bad injury, missed the whole season through injury and going to Bournemouth just allowed me to find that touch, that missing yard back and probably gave me my belief as well, to be back on track in my career. I really enjoyed it at Bournemouth but it is nice to be back. Everyone is playing for a place here."

While he's quick to say he's fighting for a place in Neil Adams' squad for next season alongside everyone else, his performances in pre-season so far will have done him no harm. And it's a squad he says has everything it needs to challenge this term.

"When you first come back in everyone is on a downer after the relegation but the manager has had a few meetings and made it clear that is in the past; that has gone now. We have more than enough in this dressing room to be in the Premier League.

"That is the main aim and that is the attitude we are taking into games. We have some decent players and good characters in the dressing room. It was disappointing last season... but everyone is behind Neil. He has put his stamp on things and we all know what he wants."

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