Drury's sweet success
Michael Bailey Adam Drury is looking forward to a markedly better summer than last year - on the back of a League One title, rather than Championship relegation. The Norwich City stalwart's injury-hit season a year ago ended with the prospect of the Canaries playing third tier football for the first time since 1960 and a summer mulling over where it all went wrong.
Adam Drury is looking forward to a markedly better summer than last year - on the back of a League One title, rather than Championship relegation.
The Norwich City stalwart's injury-hit season a year ago ended with the prospect of the Canaries playing third tier football for the first time since 1960 and a summer mulling over where it all went wrong.
But June 2010 should be a much happier affair, with Drury winning a second league title during his nine years at Carrow Road and ending the campaign on an open top bus through Norwich city centre.
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Drury said: "This will make it a great summer. Something like last season, you go away depressed and obviously letting people down, stuff like that. Whereas this year it's the other way around, so we'll enjoy ourselves, that's for sure. It plays on your mind when there has been a bad one. You look back at certain bits of the season and think where could we have done better, where could we have done this and that - but obviously we'll go off after this season thinking it went well and hopefully it will carry on into next."
The 31-year-old left-back admitted Thursday's scenes will live long in the memory - and sit nicely beside those in 2004, after City booked their ticket to the Premier League as Division One champions.
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"It's still unbelievable every time you do this," said Drury. "You come to the city and you never know what to expect to be honest.
"You hear rumours about how many people there will or won't be, but we came and as soon as we got into the city the streets have been packed from the word go and the atmosphere has been fantastic. And obviously they have had a big part to play in this season - the fans - so it's nice for us to say thanks to them, as well as they do to us.
"I was all for the celebrating, because you don't get the chance very often. So when you do get the chance, you've got to milk it."
After such a fantastic end to the Canaries' season, Drury is already relishing the new campaign - although those thoughts do not extend into looking forward to pre-season.
"That's stretching it a little bit too far!" joked Drury. "Obviously you're looking forward to next season but I think first of all the lads will all enjoy their summers, go away and have a break, and then come back and hopefully that momentum will carry us on next season."
That campaign will be Drury's 10th since joining from Peterborough United in 2001, having notched 323 appearances and three goals.
There have been suggestions of a testimonial match - and now, as a double league champion with City, the calls to include the left-back in the Canaries' Hall of Fame are also building.