Huckerby still has ambitions to fulfil
Chris Lakey Darren Huckerby says that being voted by supporters as one of Norwich City's greatest ever players would be the highlight of his career.The fans' favourite is desperate to pass two major playing milestones - his 50th City goal and his 200th appearance - before D-Day arrives in the shape of the final game of the season.
Darren Huckerby says that being voted by supporters as one of Norwich City's greatest ever players would be the highlight of his career.
The fans' favourite is desperate to pass two major playing milestones - his 50th City goal and his 200th appearance - before D-Day arrives in the shape of the final game of the season.
Manager Glenn Roeder holds the key to those particular targets - with contract talks between the two yet to be opened.
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But it's the fans who will decide whether or not the 31-year-old is included in an official end-of-season Greatest Ever event.
"To be honest, to be nominated is great - if I was voted in the greatest ever XI it would be the biggest honour of my career, without a shadow of a doubt," said Huckerby.
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"I have won leagues at other places, I have played in big, big games before for big, big teams, but to be singled out as one of the best XI of all times at a place is quite special."
Huckerby has crept to 197 appearances and 46 goals in a season which has seen him drop down the pecking order, with Roeder preferring Lee Croft as his lone winger. But he has started the last two games, when City have shaken off some of the rust of a bad run to creep away from the danger zone, and could well be in the frame for appearance number 198 at Bristol City this afternoon.
With only half a dozen games remaining his personal targets could end up being a close-run thing.
"I need to chip in with a few more goals before the end of the season," he said. "I'm four away from 50 so if I get anywhere near that I would be very, very happy. Of course, I was hoping to get to 50 before 200 games to be honest so it's one in four - and for a left winger that's pretty good.
"It would be a big achievement to get to 200 games - we shall see."
Huckerby has seen the ups of promotion to the Premiership, the downs of relegation just 12 months later - and reckons three more wins would see City safe in a "strange" season.
"Six games to go - I think we will be looking to win at least three of them to make sure," said Huckerby.
"We will try and win as many games as we can and hopefully get away from it. I won't say job done then because it's still been a strange season, but you can only do what is in front of you and at the minute it's getting safe."
Huckerby's contract expires in the summer and there are no clues as to what comes next, although he is enjoying his current run in the team - even though it has been on the right, rather than the left, flank.
"It's good," he said. "When Crofty was in he was doing well and I couldn't really say anything. I was happy just being part of it. I do prefer to play on the left, but if the manager is going to ask me, 'do you want to play on the right or sit on the bench?' I'll play on the right all day long. I'm happy at the minute and hopefully I can keep it going to the end of the season.
"I don't really think I have anything to prove, only to myself. I will just enjoy the football to the end of the season and we will see what happens then."