Norwich City fans in Australia prepare for start of Premier League season
A thriving Norwich City supporters' group is preparing for the start of the Premier League season - in Australia.
Fans Marcus Cannell, who lives in Sydney, and Mark Larwood, who lives in Queenstown, New Zealand, set up the group, Canaries Down Under, in April.
The group has amassed over 100 members who have met in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Auckland.
Giving his prediction on the season, Mark said: “I certainly predict a much tougher league than last season. It’s fair to say that the three weakest squads went down and they have been replaced by three teams with big financial backing.
“Unlike last time around, I think this season will be defined by how well we start and avoiding defeat in the first two games will be crucial. Will we finish as high as last year? Probably not.
“I can see it being much closer down the bottom, with no one team getting cast adrift and teams down there beating each other.
“Hughton has made some solid additions to the squad and whilst I feel we’d be more defensively astute, I think we’re still lacking a second goalscorer - a real poacher - who can get into double figures and help Holt out. “Midfield-wise, I don’t think we’ve ever had as much talent, and provided they chip in with their fair share of goals I think we’ll be alright.”
•Other Norwich fans living abroad have been sharing their thoughts with us on the start of the season through Twitter:
Grant Stantiall @thekiwicanary
will be following from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Ben Dodds @brhdodds
I’ll be following the QPR and Spurs games from Cyprus, I’m learning the Turkish for ‘Can you put the football on, please?’
Canaries Down Under @CanariesDU
Queenstown, New Zealand... will be impressed if you find anyone further away! #4amshift
Will Ellis @WillAEllis
Scotland! Trains from the Motherland to here take longer than flights to most of the world! #LongHaul #ncfc
Dave Tye @BeardyDave
After 20 years of being a season ticket holder, I’ve had to give it up and move to the Netherlands. I’ll still be there in spirit!
Mark Smith @QLDcanaries
Will be following from the arse end of the planet AKA Queensland..
Tom Vincent @Tommmmmo
All the way from Chongqing, China!
Winsor Dobbin @winsordobbin
From Cygnet in the deep south of Tasmania. Next stop Antarctica :) #ncfc
Andrew Wheeler @arlysea
will be following the Canaries from down here in New Zealand.. OTBC.
Jason Taylor @jtaylor1521
Gold Coast Australia OTBC