Chadwick tips old pals for instant return
Chris Lakey Luke Chadwick is tipping Norwich City for promotion - but says their challenge will have to wait until after tonight's clash with MK Dons. The midfielder had a torrid two years at Carrow Road, when a spate of injuries limited him to just 10 starts, but has fouind a new lease of life at stadium:mk.
Luke Chadwick is tipping Norwich City for promotion - but says their challenge will have to wait until after tonight's clash with MK Dons.
The midfielder had a torrid two years at Carrow Road, when a spate of injuries limited him to just 10 starts, but has fouind a new lease of life at stadium:mk.
The Dons narrowly missed out on promotion last season, but are already on the coat-tails on the early pacesetters this time around - and Chadwick expects City to be joining them any time soon.
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The perfect scenario, he says, would be for both to go up.
"I'd expect Norwich to be up there," he said. "They're a big club with a good squad and I believe they will be up around the promotion places come the end of the season.
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"Six games in and they're starting to pick up and I'm sure they will be there or thereabouts near the end.
"It should be a good game on Monday between two clubs who both fancy themselves.
"Both going up would be perfect for me - although I had a bad time there Norwich is a great club, a very friendly club and I was treated really well there and I would love to see them go back up - just as long as we go up with them, obviously."
Chadwick was injured in his first game for Norwich, having scored the opener in a 3-1 derby day defeat at Ipswich in November, 2006. He returned to action the following March but struggled for fitness, and the following season started nine games, scoring once. In October, 2008, he went on loan to MK Dons and by the January had signed a permanent deal, drawing to a close a disappointing City career.
"It was disappointing," said the 28-year-old, who had initially moved from Stoke to Carrow Road to be closer to his home in Cambridge.
"I was obviously buzzing to go to Norwich, it was the move I wanted, but I got a bad injury in my first game and then never really got my fitness back and didn't play much, which was a big disappointment.
"But you can't really moan about it, these things happen in football."
It's a very different story now, with Chadwick having appeared in all six of the Dons' League One games this season.
"It's great just being fit and being able to do what I want to do, which is playing football and training every day - that's the main thing about being happy here I think."
MK are coming off the back of a 3-2 home defeat by Huddersfield last weekend.
"It was a disappointing result," he said. "I think it was a game we should have won really, but we didn't get the breaks and that's how it went and we are all looking to putting it right on Monday.
"We know it will be a tough game against Norwich because they're a good team. They had a bad start, but they've got going now so it should be a good game to watch as well."