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Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell on promotion to the Premier League

30 April 2019

It's been a couple of days since Norwich City clinched promotion to the Premier League and young duo Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell believe the feat will still take time to sink in.

The pair have enjoyed breakthrough seasons in the Sky Bet Championship with the Canaries and could not hide their joy after the final whistle of the 2-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday night.

Aarons said: "I'm lost for words, I don't really know what to say. It's been an unbelievable season and has been on the horizon for a while now. We've seen it for while.

"It was just about getting us over the line and making sure we could make it possible. I can't thank the supporters enough, my teammates enough. It's unforgettable.

Cantwell added: "Like Max was saying, it's been coming but to make that step across the finishing line - credit to everyone who was out on the pitch.

"Naturally, you're going to be a little bit nervous. But we were amazing in the end. Blackburn are a good side and to dominate like we did, it was never in doubt. 

"We've been fantastic this season and it's been a pleasure to be a part of."

Prior to the Blackburn victory, City has drawn four matches in a row as they edged closer to the winning post. But Aarons said it was always sweeter to achieve promotion in front of the home support.

"It's what we wanted," admitted Aarons. "I'm not saying we've been picking up draws for that but we really wanted to get it done here. 

"We wanted to finish the job for the fans and I hope they enjoy it and savour it because these things don't come around too often. 

"With the team we've got, it's unbelievable. We've got so many talented players and to give back to the fans, it's what they deserve.

Cantwell continued: "Me, Max, Jamal [Lewis] and Ben [Godfrey] played in the Academy. For all of us, it will probably take a while to hit home. To get to where we are and be a part of this, we've all had a good chunk of games and we should give ourselves a pat on the back. 

There is still work to do for City if they want to finish the season as the best in the Championship. They need just a point from their final game at Villa Park on Sunday to seal the title ahead of Sheffield United.

"It's relief to get promotion done. It takes the pressure off a bit but we are such a driven group and we are going for the title, plain and simple," said Aarons.

 


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