City won’t be overawed by Premier League giants, says McLean
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Kenny McLean says Norwich City’s promotion is the stuff of dreams - but won’t be overawed by the Premier League giants.
The Scot played a big part in the latter stages of City's Championship title-winning season and famously celebrated in style.
But with Scotland international duties likely this summer, the midfielder will step up his fitness programme later this week ahead of the squad meeting up in early June.
While Scotland's fortunes may be on a downer, McLean's aren't.
"It was an incredible feeling to win the title," he said in an interview with the Sunday Post. "Yes, we enjoyed the celebrations. We had earned them because it's a long, difficult season.
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"The significance of what the football club has achieved in the past 10 months has only just hit me.
"It's absolutely fantastic and was a proper team effort, from everyone at the football club, not just the players, manager and backroom staff. We will re-group for the start on the new campaign, and we are looking forward to playing in the Premier League.
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"Going to Anfield, The Etihad, Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is going to be very special.
"It's genuinely what dreams are made of. But I'm certainly not going there to be in awe and a spectator. We will be going into every game with a belief and a plan.
Going Up - souvenir magazine offer"Yes, we will be underdogs in many games but that won't bother us.
"It will be important to have good form at home, and to try to make Carrow Road a place where teams do not get it easy."
McLean signed for City from Aberdeen in January last year, moving to Carrow Road in the summer after completing the season with the Dons on loan. But he had a troubled start to life down south.
He said: "It's been well documented that my first four or five months at Norwich didn't go to plan.
"I had an ankle injury and needed surgery on it twice. It was very frustrating, but there was nothing I could do. I had to wait and be patient.
"I was itching to get involved and play my part. Thankfully, I played the last 16 league games of the season and we won 12 and drew four."