Get ready to see the best of me - Etuhu
PUBLISHED: 13:58 05 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 14 September 2010
Dickson Etuhu is adamant that he has made the right decision to come to Norwich City from promotion hopefuls Preston. The 23-year-old-midfielder is expected to be in the squad to face his former team-mates on Saturday but has no regrets about his £450,000 January switch - despite the Lilywhites looking the likely candidates to secure the final play-off spot while the Canaries remain rank outsiders.
Dickson Etuhu is adamant that he has made the right decision to come to Norwich City from promotion hopefuls Preston.
The 23-year-old-midfielder is expected to be in the squad to face his former team-mates on Saturday but has no regrets about his £450,000 January switch - despite the Lilywhites looking the likely candidates to secure the final play-off spot while the Canaries remain rank outsiders.
“Norwich is a bigger club, it's a better club,” said Etuhu, who has a very much stop-start beginning to his Canary career. “I've no regrets whatsoever. Norwich may have been a bit up and down a bit but next season we'll be ready.”
With just 11 starts to his name since he first joined Norwich on loan in November - and no goals - it has been an extremely slow start for the City new-boy. But he insists he is now warming to the task and believes it won't be long before fans start seeing the real Dickson Etuhu on a week in, week out basis.
Etuhu looked to be on the point of nailing down a regular place in the side in the New Year when he made seven straight starts. But, by and large, he failed to reproduce the sort of form that made him such a hot prospect at Manchester City and Preston and it was no big surprise when the axe fell.
Patience is now the key, that and hard work, according to the midfield man mountain to nailing down a starting spot again.
“I've been working hard in training and I've been doing a lot of running and getting in my extras,” said Etuhu, who was withdrawn during the half-time interval of the East Anglian derby on February 5, and hasn't played a full game since, with most of his action coming in the reserves.
“There is a competition for places but that will make me a better player. I've got to be better than the man in front of me and the man in front of him and the man in front of him.
“The Norwich fans have not seen the best of me, yet. I am confident in my own ability and I am sure that I can be a regular in the Norwich City team.”
Etuhu declared: “It has been hard to come into the side and be who I am because the team has been down and it has been very hard for us. We have had some bad results and it has been difficult for a new player coming in.
“It took a while for me to settle in but I'm looking for my own place and things are starting to come together. We have found it difficult to gel at times but that will come.”
Norwich's slim play-off hopes rest on getting a win at Deepdale at the weekend. If they were to lose it would be all over. A draw would mean there was still a mathematical chance of reaching the top six whereby Norwich would have to win their remaining four games while Preston lost all theirs.
Etuhu realizes that it's an uphill battle but has been impressed with what he's seen at times from the Canaries and should Norwich fail to reach the play-offs this season he's confident of being in the mix next time around.
“Definitely, there's an awful lot of talent at this club. It takes time for a new team with new players to settle and that's where we are at. If we don't make it this season then I am sure that we'll be in the play-offs if not going for automatic promotion next season.”
Meanwhile, City's Jason Jarrett, on loan at Preston until the end of the season, will not face his team-mates on Saturday. The want-away midfielder will not be allowed to play under the terms of his loan agreement, which is expected to become a permanent move at the end of the season.