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Alex Tettey ‘very proud’ to be on the cusp of Norwich City’s all-time top 100 ahead of Fulham encounter

PUBLISHED: 16:11 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 13 April 2017

Alex Tettey scores City's second goal at Old Trafford in December 2015. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey scores City's second goal at Old Trafford in December 2015. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Tettey could join an elite club at Norwich City tomorrow if he makes his 150th appearance for the Canaries – moving him into the club’s all-time top 100.

The midfielder was signed on a free transfer from Rennes in August 2012 and has seen plenty of highs and lows during his time with City.

The 31-year-old, who recently retired from international duty after being capped 34 times by Norway, has endured two top-flight relegations but also played a key part in promotion back to the Premier League in 2015.

The landmark came as a surprise to Tettey when he was told about it but, with a trademark grin, he was delighted to be closing on the achievement.

“I’ve been told that if I play it will be my 150th,” he said. “So that is something I’m looking forward to and if I play I hope we will win because I don’t want to play my 150 and then it will go to the history books and say we lost.

“So I’m up for it and so are the guys.”

He added: “Life in Norfolk has been brilliant. Of all the clubs I have been at, if I am here next season, that will be the longest, longer than Rosenborg where everything started, and I am very proud of it.

“Norfolk is a very good place to live with a family and things have gone unbelievably since I came to this club and this place so I am very pleased with that.”

Tettey, whose contract runs until the summer of 2018, has scored six goals but two are particularly memorable: his wonderful volley in a 2-0 win over Sunderland in March 2014 and the goal which secured City’s first win at Old Trafford in 26 years, in a 2-1 win over Manchester United in December 2015.

Canaries fans were introduced to Tettey ahead of a Premier League game against QPR in August 2012. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdCanaries fans were introduced to Tettey ahead of a Premier League game against QPR in August 2012. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Asked about his best memories, Tettey said: “There are a few since I’ve been here. My first game in the Premier League was something that I remember very well.

“Wembley and scoring against United but my first game for the club is something I still remember well.

“Obviously the goal against Sunderland was a good one. Some people say it was a lucky strike but, I don’t know, it was a good goal.”

If he plays against Fulham tomorrow Tettey will draw level with Kevin Drinkell, Clive Payne and James Stoakes on 150 games for the Canaries.

Tettey scored on his City debut in September 2012, in a 1-0 win over Doncaster in the third round of the League Cup at Carrow Road. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireTettey scored on his City debut in September 2012, in a 1-0 win over Doncaster in the third round of the League Cup at Carrow Road. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Tettey, pictured tackling Aston Villa's Fabien Delph in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in October 2012, helped keep City in the Premier League under Chris Hughton in 2012/13. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTettey, pictured tackling Aston Villa's Fabien Delph in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in October 2012, helped keep City in the Premier League under Chris Hughton in 2012/13. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tettey's shot was followed up by Grant Holt in a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Carrow Road in October 2012. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireTettey's shot was followed up by Grant Holt in a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Carrow Road in October 2012. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

THAT strike against Sunderland, in March 2014. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireTHAT strike against Sunderland, in March 2014. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The celebrations begin after Tettey's wonder-strike, during a 2-0 home win over Sunderland in the Premier League in March 2014. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireThe celebrations begin after Tettey's wonder-strike, during a 2-0 home win over Sunderland in the Premier League in March 2014. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A common sight - Tettey has been booked 49 times during his City career. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdA common sight - Tettey has been booked 49 times during his City career. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tettey tangles with Patrick Bamford during the Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Nick Potts/PA WireTettey tangles with Patrick Bamford during the Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tettey savours the moment during the Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesTettey savours the moment during the Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Russell Martin congratulates Tettey after scoring the crucial goal at Old Trafford in December 2015. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdRussell Martin congratulates Tettey after scoring the crucial goal at Old Trafford in December 2015. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tettey, still going strong, during Saturday's 7-1 thrashing of Reading at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTettey, still going strong, during Saturday's 7-1 thrashing of Reading at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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