Harry Toffolo believes promotion ambitions are fuelling Norwich City’s squad during pre-season training
PUBLISHED: 18:06 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 20:53 18 July 2016
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Promotion ambitions are already a driving ambition for Norwich City players, as they grind through the physical demands of pre-season training.
The Canaries are in the Burgenland region of eastern Austria as they continue their fitness work ahead of the Championship season starting at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, August 6.
That steps up with a friendly against Czech side FK Dukla Prague tomorrow (5pm UK time) and left-back Harry Toffolo says manager Alex Neil is already making clear what he expects of his squad.
“It’s good to get out here,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s a change of scenery, you’re away from your family so you’re just focused on your job. You’re fully focused on the football and it’s really good to get away.
“The gaffer has got his philosophy and you’ve got to work by that. All the players are with it, so hopefully we can bounce back to the Premier League. It’s 24/7. If we want to get back there, we need to have high standards and that started from day one in pre-season.”
Tomorrow’s match follows a 3-0 win in a 120-minute match at Peterborough United on Saturday and is followed by a friendly against Russian side Rubin Kazan at the home ground of SV Stegersbach on Saturday (midday UK time).
Toffolo, speaking to Norwich City TV, continued: “We did a lot of running in the first couple of weeks of pre-season, but now the ball is out the boys are expressing themselves and getting back to the good stuff ready for the season.
“All the boys have come back really, really strong. There’s quite a few players here now and places are up for grabs. There are several players here who could play in each position, so you’ve got to show what you can do. I feel at a really good level; you’ve done your running and you’ve got that as a base, now it’s about doing the bigger possessions and small-sided games.
“My target is to get in the manager’s thoughts, and to give him a dilemma when it comes to selection. All I can do is work my hardest, and the rest will take care of itself.”
• Former Canaries striker Simeon Jackson has signed for League One side Walsall.
The Canada international, who scored 21 goals in 85 games for City, has signed a two-year deal with the Saddlers having been released by Blackburn Rovers.