Midfielder in the dark over what the future holds at Norwich City
14:27 29 April 2014
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Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Andrew Surman realises the Canaries’ fight for Premier League survival will have a massive impact on his next career move.
The 27-year-old has impressed during a season-long loan stint at Bournemouth with the Cherries right in the hunt for a Championship play-off place until falling away in the closing weeks of the campaign.
Surman has one game left against Millwall before he returns to an uncertain future at Carrow Road. The midfielder has one-year left on his current Norwich deal but is yet to get any clear signal from the Canaries if he is wanted.
City face an uphill battle to avoid relegation and Surman believes that will have a huge bearing on what happens to him this summer.
“I haven’t really had any contact with Norwich,” he said. “I still have a year there left but until I sit down at the end of the season and speak to the gaffer here and see what he wants to do and obviously what Norwich want to do then I can assess it but, as of now, I haven’t really got enough information from either side to see what I am going to do.
“It’s still pretty unknown. If Norwich were relegated that would possibly affect things. I couldn’t honestly say. Either way they have quite a big squad there but with relegation that probably means offloading players so you never know. I won’t know until possibly a new manager comes in and I speak to him and then I will have a better idea.”
Surman had previously indicated he would be willing to consider a permanent switch to the south-coast, with Eddie Howe’s men looking to push on again next season.
“We haven’t feared anyone this season. We have given every team a game and we can go into next season knowing what this division is all about,” he said. “We have nothing to fear and if we can carry on with our form then who knows. The team spirit has been great. That often comes from a squad who have just been promoted. They were a tight-knit group and the ones who came in have added to that.”
Bournemouth will finish in the top ten if they beat Millwall this weekend but Surman admits there will be a tinge of regret the club’s play-off push ran out of steam.
“Over the Easter period we had not picked up as many points as we would have liked so it was disappointing after putting ourselves in such a good position not to have something to play for,” he told Bournemouth’s official site. “We have tried to make sure we don’t let our standards to drop. I think there is frustration because you look at Reading, Ipswich and (Nottingham) Forest and they were pushing for promotion and to be fair we held our own against all three. You have to take the positives out of it though and it has been a really good season with one game left. We want to finish as high as we can and look back on a good season.”
Surman would love to bow out by finally scoring after 36 league and cup appearances for the Cherries.
“It is difficult mentally not to try and put too much pressure on myself because the lads have been saying for most of the games, ‘this is my day’ and that kills me then because I feel I definitely won’t score,” he said. “It has been part of my game throughout my career scoring goals so that is frustrating, but the most important thing is helping the team to win games and if I can chip in with a few goals then so be it. It’s a bonus.”