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City captain talks team bonding in Germany

20 July 2017

Norwich City captain Russell Martin says the squad are growing closer all the time while on their pre-season tour of Germany.

The Canaries have set up base at a training camp in the north-west of the country, and secured a 2-0 victory over Duisburg on Wednesday night.

With seven new signings having already arrived at the Club this summer, Martin says there is a collective responsibilty to ensure they settle quickly.

"Everyone has to make them feel welcome and be accomodating," he explained.

"They're all really good guys and really good characters. They will all add something different to the squad in terms of personality.

"On Monday they had to sing which I don't think they were looking forward to. There were a few highlights.

"Harrison Reed was pretty good even though he said he couldn't do it. Christoph, Marcel and Mario sang a German song together; apparently it's really popular even though nobody had ever heard of it!

"It's a lot of change for everyone this year with a new regime but it's happened pretty smoothly. We've got a lot of good people here."

Reflecting on the tour as a whole so far, Martin added: "We've had some really intense training sessions and as always in pre-season it feels really hectic.

"All the boys are getting their sharpness up now with the match-time. With the work we've put in, it's been tough.

"It's helped the new lads bed in, feel part of the squad and for us to become closer-knit as a team.

"The facilties are brilliant and we're enjoying it. At the end of it you want to feel fit and sharp for the first game of the season which I think we will."

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