Clingan hoping to inspire from midfield

PUBLISHED: 16:54 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 10 September 2010

City’s Sammy Clingan. Photo: Kasper Wikestad

City’s Sammy Clingan. Photo: Kasper Wikestad

David Cuffley

Sammy Clingan had an emergency role to perform in defence as City suffered injury setbacks in their first Swedish tour game - but it is in his more accustomed position that he hopes to help inspire his new club's Championship challenge.

Sammy Clingan had an emergency role to perform in defence as City suffered injury setbacks in their first Swedish tour game - but it is in his more accustomed position that he hopes to help inspire his new club's Championship challenge.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international midfielder switched to centre-half in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 win over Ahlafors IF to cover for the injured Jason Shackell, but was largely untroubled as the tourists dominated the contest.

“I've played in midfield all my career but I had to settle at centre-back and it was a bit strange for me but I think I adapted OK. It's just another position,” said Clingan.

“It was a tough game.

“We knew it was going to be tough coming out here.

All Scandinavian teams are big, strong individuals and they always work well as teams but luckily enough we got the winner.”

After three weeks with his new club, Clingan said he had no doubts about leaving newly-promoted Nottingham Forest for Glenn Roeder's Canaries.

“It was a difficult decision but once I'd seen the gaffer here, it made up my mind straightaway.

“He told me his plans and I want to be part of it,” he said.

“I definitely think it's the right decision and I'm really looking forward to the season starting. A pre-season tour is good just to get to know some of the lads and get to know the way they play.”

Asked if he felt City were capable of challenging for promotion, he said: “Most definitely. I wouldn't have come here if I'd have thought otherwise. I spoke to the gaffer when I came here and he had the same sort of plans and I want to be part of that.

“The manager got rid of a few players last year and some players are on their way and we need to get them in because it will be healthy for the squad because there will be competition for places all over.

“You know if you're not doing well there's always someone there who will step in and take your shirt and you've just got to be prepared for the challenge.

“I've had a good pre-season under my belt so far.

“Everything's been going well and the lads have really made me feel welcome.

“I'm just looking forward to working with them.”

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