Drury deserves his moment of glory - Fleming
David Cuffley Double promotion winner Adam Drury deserves another big night of celebrations with Norwich City - according to one of his former team-mates from the last city centre carnival. The evergreen full-back moved into the top 20 in the club's all-time appearance list as he bounced back from two injury-hit seasons to play a key part in their League One title success.
Double promotion winner Adam Drury deserves another big night of celebrations with Norwich City - according to one of his former team-mates from the last city centre carnival.
The evergreen full-back moved into the top 20 in the club's all-time appearance list as he bounced back from two injury-hit seasons to play a key part in their League One title success.
Drury was skipper the last time the Canaries paraded silverware through the streets, receiving the famous Football League championship trophy on the City Hall balcony in 2004 as they were crowned Division One champions.
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City's fortunes nosedived for the next five years but Paul Lambert's men have put a smile back on supporters' faces over the past nine months, and one-time defensive colleague Craig Fleming has been delighted to see Drury playing his full part in that revival.
“Most players don't get to experience promotion once so to do it twice with the same club is great and I hope he has a great night,” said Fleming.
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“The last couple of years were difficult for him through injury - but it was just because of the injuries. When you're out for any spell of time, it takes time to get back but he has been at his best again.”
The 31-year-old Drury finished the season on 323 senior appearances for City and, with one year left on his current contract, is on course to be the first player since Fleming to pass the 350-game mark for the club.
Drury will complete 10 years at Norwich next March and Fleming - who had 382 games in his own decade at Carrow Road - believes he is as good as ever.
“Adam was described in my time as the best left-back outside the Premiership. That was undoubtedly true and I think it still is,” said Fleming.
“I think when we went into the Premiership he was one of the best in there as well.
“The way he played Cristiano Ronaldo when he came off the bench for Manchester United against us, it showed that.
“He never gets beaten on the outside, which is a big gift for a defender. He has been top drawer.”
Fleming also believes on-field success is reward for Drury's off-field demeanour.
“When he first arrived, he was a very quiet lad but he had a very dry sense of humour and he soon came out of his shell,” he said.
“He was certainly my choice to be captain and it brought the best out of him. He is a smashing lad, one who always wants good things to happen to people. He has enjoyed some unbelievably good times with City.”
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