Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is backing fit-again compatriot Steven Whittaker to shine for club and country.

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The Canaries’ full-back has been drafted into Scotland’s latest squad for tonight’s friendly in Luxembourg after recovering from an injury-wrecked start to his Premier League career. Snodgrass may have been omitted from interim national coach Billy Stark’s set-up, but the 25-year-old believes Whittaker’s inclusion is good news all round.

“He’s been very unfortunate with injury and sometimes it sets you back, especially when he’s spent most of his career in Scotland and he’s come down to England and it’s been a tough start for him,” he said.

“But I thought he was terrific the last few games, especially with Russell Martin getting injured. He’s been called up for Scotland as well, so I’m delighted to see his career back on track. He can play some positions but I think he’ll be the first to tell you right-back or left-back is probably his best positions, and defending. He likes to get forward as well, so it’s a ‘Brucie Bonus’ for the team.”

Whittaker played a promiment role in Norwich’s last three league and cup games after suffering a long term ankle ligament injury in pre-season at Celtic. Glaswegian Snodgrass has had to manage his own niggling ankle problem during an impressive start to his City spell. The former Leeds midfielder believes his summer move to the Canaries was the perfect next step in a career that saw him courted by European giants Barcelona during his younger days.

“There was a foreign agent at the time that got in contact with Livingston and they said they spoke to somebody at Barcelona, then it just didn’t materialise,” he said. “I wasn’t really in their plans at the time. A new manager came in and that was the year I went out on loan to Stirling. I heard little snippets here and there from the chief executive at the time.

“It worked out well for me because I went out on loan and it was a case of getting some games. People always say about being young and getting that consistency, but you need to be playing games to get that consistency. That only comes by playing games and I found myself moving on to Leeds United from my last year at Livingston and now I’m here, so there are different chapters in your career. This one is going quite well so far so you’ve just got to keep working hard.”

Snodgrass has found it easy to settle into Chris Hughton’s squad after numerous lower league tussles with the Canaries during his Leeds stint.

“There is a great work ethic and a great belief around the place. There is no big time Charlies or players that get carried away with themselves,” he said. “This club is built on the success from League One and the Championship and when we played against them they were always a hard-working team. The boys have got a point to prove. They’re all young, hungry lads and we have to keep building on it.”

16 comments

  • It`s sad that they know they can get away with mediocrity. Comfort zone. Jobs for the `special` boys and girls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • The former "It`s a Knockout" host, Stuart Hall, liked to weave a few Shakespearean references into his commentaries. His language was more highly embroidered than that of Prolix at the peak of his powers. Then there was Eddie Waring.......;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Bootneck, dear old Rudyard would maybe put it all down to "that noise which men call fame, that dross which men call gold"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • I think the difference is that Shakespeare had some interesting content, enough to encourage MB to ignore spelling and "grammer" mistakes.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Is that an outbreak of Schadenfreude, blackdog? I like being pedantic as long as it irritates my targets, though you are not one of those, bd2. I`m sure nobody expects me to change my ways, least of all the complacent denizens of the `Woolpack`. Ged & TB still make occasional jest appearances, but Villa and (most) Leeds trolls have taken a break. With Leeds I think it may be something to do with a recent 6-1 scoreline. I emphasise that I do not regard Villa fan `Monkey Nuts` as a troll. He has made sensible contributions to these boards and some of us accepted them with good grace. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • MB, lazy journos on an Archant site? Shoorly shum mistake!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Thank you for those well structured words Brew, and that Goldie enjoyed his dig at you but this jocular fun is what makes these sites what we enjoy without a doubt, none of the trolls rubbish just good natured banter.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Could you just imagine that dear old chap William Shakespeare, making a comment on here ? He'd get slaughtered for his grammar and pronunciation. That's before he even got to scribble some words about football, or that Steven Whittaker chappie and how well he is fitting in ! I'd love to see how Rudyard Kipling would describe it all.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I don`t think the start of his Premier League career was "wrecked" by injury. It was delayed. If it had been "wrecked" it wouldn`t have started at all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I think the difference is that Shakespeare had some interesting content, enough to encourage MB to ignore spelling and "grammer" mistakes.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Hi, Crab! We`re like ships that pass in the night. Or something like that...... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Great reaction to my jibe at M B Don't you just love it.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • If i know MB, he won't mind a bit. Loves a bit of cheerful banter, but like me can't stand the trolls!

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • M B pedantic again, if you were to pick up on grammer and spelling mistakes on this site you would be on here all day!

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    goldie

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Was that "grammer" on porpoise, goldie? ;-) I only pick on the lazy journos (because they should do better) or the regular trolls (because they deserve it). I think it is good manners to at least try to write reasonable English. None of us are contenders for the booker Prize! There`s a notice in North Walsham which reads (approx) "Footpath to Grammer School Road".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Just popped in to see if there is an improvement and yes the trolls do not seem to be around, the Archant grammar and content still appears to be left in "The Woolpack" at times and what a treat to see Brew getting it in the lug for being pedantic! Ha! Ha! I like it, my faith is restored.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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