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Marley Watkins: “I’m a team player”

7 July 2017

Norwich City’s new boy Marley Watkins says he is enjoying life with the Canaries since his move from Barnsley.

Watkins, 26, made 42 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship last season and found the net 10 times. He became a Canary on July 1, and made his City debut in the second-half of Norwich’s 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers on Wednesday evening.

Speaking exclusively to Norwich City TV during the Club’s training camp in Ireland, Watkins says his first few weeks have gone well: “I’ve settled in well, they’re a great bunch of lads and it’s been a really good standard in training so it’s really exciting stuff. I couldn’t be happier.

“They’re all great lads and there are a lot of leaders in the team. I’m really looking to working with them.”

Watkins says he jumped at the opportunity to join the Canaries. “It’s an ambitious club that wants to go to the Prem, and that’s where I want to go. Obviously it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer. It’s a really exciting project in place. The meeting with Stuart Webber was really exciting and I’m happy to be here.

“The training sessions are new compared to what I’m used to, but it’s really exciting. It’s quality sessions, all possession based with a really good tempo in training so you’re only going to improve.”

Against Cobh, Watkins settled in immediately on the right and showed his ability to link play and get into the penalty area. “I like hitting the box, I like getting goals and I like creating goals. I work hard for the team and if you have to sacrifice yourself for the team some games then you do that. I’m a team player and I like providing goals and assists and getting wins for the team.”

Watkins was also called up to the Wales squad to cap off a memorable summer, and he is desperate for more exposure on the internationals stage. “It was a good experience and I want a lot more of it. It’s good to see what the international stage is all about and I’m hungry for more.

“Obviously you never get complacent and it’s important to always strive for more and not get comfortable until the day you retire. Aim as high as possible and keep striving to get better and better.”

Now, though, Watkins’ focus is on getting the most out of City’s pre-season ahead of the opening Sky Bet Championship fixture against Fulham. “You want the season to get started but you’ve got to live in the present. Pre-season is important, and as draining as it is you have to keep focused and give your all every day.”

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