Andrew Surman is enjoying a new lease of life at Norwich City
07:00 17 July 2014
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Andrew Surman has got his mojo back and is determined to show Norwich City fans what they have been missing.
The midfielder opened the scoring in Tuesday’s 6-1 friendly romp at Braintree and was also impressive in the Dereham curtain-raiser following his return from a season-long loan stint at Bournemouth.
The 27-year-old was frozen out at Carrow Road under previous boss Chris Hughton after struggling with a knee injury but Surman’s 29-game spell at the Cherries underlined he can operate in the Championship.
“I had a bad injury, missed the whole season through it really and going to Bournemouth just allowed me to find that touch, that missing yard back and probably gave me back my belief as well to feel I’ve got my career on track,” said Surman, who is entering the final year of his current Norwich deal.
“It’s nice to feel wanted but I am not sure exactly what is going to happen at this moment in time. I’m trying to get the most I can out of the games and we will see what happens in the future. I really enjoyed it at Bournemouth but it is nice to be back and everyone is playing for a place here.”
Surman insists City’s squad is firmly buying into Neil Adams’ Championship promotion bid.
“We have more than enough in this dressing room to be in the Premier League. That is the main aim and that is the attitude we are taking into games,” he said. “We have some decent players and good characters in the dressing room. When you first come back in everyone is on a downer after the relegation but the manager has had a few meetings and made it clear that is in the past and that has gone now.
“Things can change so quickly in football. It was disappointing last season with what happened and the manager leaving but everyone is behind Neil. He has put his stamp on things and we all know what he wants.”
Surman has started both friendly wins on the left of a midfield diamond.
He added: “I’ve played the diamond before when we got promoted and playing with Jonno (Bradley Johnson) sitting and Wes (Hoolahan) and Jonny Howson in there I thought we linked quite well (at Braintree). It’s easy to play that role when you have done it before and I have enjoyed the first two games. It proves we have a lot of good players.”