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Jordan Rhodes: Everyone is enjoying each other’s company and enjoying our football

16 November 2018

City striker Jordan Rhodes said the team’s week-long training camp in Tampa Bay has brought the team even closer together as they train in the sunshine.

The squad flew out to America on Monday on the back of a memorable 4-3 victory over Millwall at Carrow Road.

And Rhodes said it has been nice to have a change of scenery to prepare for the matches ahead.

He said: “It’s nice to have a change, it takes some adjusting with the time difference, the weather and the climate out here, but it has been nice. Some players are out on international duty but those of us who have travelled have had a good time so far.

“It has been really tough training in the heat, but there has been a bit more of a breeze today, so it has been a bit easier. It is nice to enjoy a bit of warm weather this time of the year.”

The team have been training at the Al Lang Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies American soccer team.

Rhodes said: “It’s quite fitting to have a relationship between Norwich and the Tampa Bay Rowdies because we both have the same colours. The stadium is very impressive and they have good facilities and I know they had Joe Cole here last season playing for them. I don’t know too much about the team, but I know of the manager and the assistant.”

And as well as spending time on the pitch and in the gym, the trip has also been a good opportunity for some team bonding.

“When you are at home and training at Colney you go home to your family, but out here we are spending more time together. Everyone has been doing things together; Grant and I had a game of golf the other day and some of the lads went shopping and there’s been several stadium visits to see baseball and American football. It has been good to have the opportunity and take in the sights of America. And in the next couple of days we will be doing more training and working hard, so we are all enjoying it.”

Rhodes scored a vital equaliser in injury-time during last Saturday’s game, and said the team is now focussed on the fixtures ahead.

“Everyone is enjoying each other’s company and enjoying our football at the same time,” he said. “When I look back on my career I can’t think of too many games like that Millwall game, it maybe only happens two or three times in your career – what a game it was!

“We’ve enjoyed it and spoke about the good feeling, but our attention is now on the next block of games which are going to be tough tests with a lot of long away trips coming up, especially to Swansea and Hull. But we will just try as hard as we can in the games that we have until the next international break in March.”

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