Drury bags deal and testimonial
PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 December 2010
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Defender Adam Drury has been handed a double Christmas bonus by Norwich City – an extended contract and a testimonial game.
The Canaries have announced that the long-serving left-back has signed a one-year extension to his current deal to keep him at Carrow Road until June 30, 2012.
The 32-year-old will complete 10 years with City in March – traditionally the milestone that signals a testimonial.
It is understood City’s directors have also given the testimonial the go-ahead, and all that is required now is for the Football League to grant permission, which is expected to be little more than a formality.
City manager Paul Lambert yesterday paid tribute to Drury’s loyalty.
“He’s been great for me since I’ve been here and he’s a terrific professional and a top player,” he said.
“To be at any club for almost 10 years is an achievement in itself and I’m delighted to sign him again for a further year.”
Drury has been sidelined by a calf injury for more than two months, although he could return at some stage during the busy festive programme.
“I’m obviously delighted to be at this special club for another year,” he told the club’s official website.
“Things are going well at the moment and the gaffer and the coaching staff have got something special going on and I want to be part of it.
“The fans have been great to me since I’ve been here and support us in great numbers both home and away.”
Drury was signed by Nigel Worthington for £500,000, with his former boss at Peterborough, Barry Fry, claiming City had bought the best left-back outside the Premiership.
The Cambridge-born Drury helped City to the 2002 Division One play-off final in his first full season with the club, won the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as player of the year in 2002–03 and the following season was made team captain. It was a campaign that ended with him holding aloft the old Division One trophy on the steps of City Hall in front of tens of thousands of delirious City fans who saw their side heading back to the top flight.
But while the team’s fortunes have fluctuated since, Drury has been a constant - he served under Worthington, Peter Grant, Glenn Roeder, Bryan Gunn and now Lambert, and has rarely fallen out of favour with any of them.
His has made 334 appearances for City, scoring four goals, though he would have chalked up more than 400 games but for a string of injuries over the past three years.
His last goal was in the 4-3 home win over Leicester City this season, but the one that will live long in the memory was his last-minute equaliser in the 4-4 draw at home to Middlesbrough in the Premiership in January 2005 - a match in which City were trailing 4-1 eight minutes from time.
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