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Watkins: We can’t wait to get started

29 July 2017

Marley Watkins was pleased with City’s performance in the final game of pre-season but can’t wait for the season to get started.

Watkins played through the middle alongside Cameron Jerome, and his 25-yarder gave Norwich a well-deserved draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road. The draw mean City finish pre-season unbeaten ahead of next Saturday’s match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

“It was a great assist from Cam and I made sure I got a good connection on it and luckily it went top bins,” Watkins said about his strike. “It’s been a good pre-season. Everything’s gone well and we need to take that into the season as well.

“We’ve all bought into the boss’ philosophy and taken it on board and we’re only going to get better – we’ve got better and better in the different systems since the start of pre-season.”

Watkins, who was Norwich’s first summer signing after he arrived from Barnsley, has enjoyed playing under the new management team. “It’s been awesome under the coaching staff. I’ve been learning new things and evolving and that can only benefit your game, and it’s been very exciting for everyone.

“It’s been very demanding but that’s what you want – you don’t want to slack off. You want to aim as high as possible.”

City’s fluid system under Daniel Farke has meant Watkins has played in a variety of positions in pre-season – and he says he’s enjoying the flexibility. “I think you’re got to be able to adapt in the system and you have to be ready for when we change the structure and it’s all about being versatile and I think I am as a player.

“It starts now really. Pre-season is all about working hard and building relationships with players and now I’m buzzing to get going. Everyone wants wins and we’ve all got to deliver.”

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