Drury Hails Norwich's Achievements
Veteran Norwich defender Adam Drury has just about seen it all during his 11 years at Carrow Road, but feels the achievements this season under Paul Lambert have been "unbelievable."
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The 33-year-old hopes to be fit from a groin problem for the Canaries' final game of the Barclays Premier League campaign against Aston Villa, with a place in the top flight again already secure.
Drury captained the Canaries to the First Division title under Nigel Worthington in 2004 ahead of what was a brief stay among England's elite the following year, and remained loyal to the club when they were relegated to League One in 2009.
Since the arrival of Lambert just a few weeks after his then Colchester side had thumped Norwich 7-1 at home on the opening day of that campaign, it has been a whirlwind ride up through successive promotions.
The performances this season from a well-organised side have seen a famous victory at Tottenham and also last weekend's thrilling 3-3 draw away to Arsenal.
Drury, signed from Peterborough in March 2001, feels it is just reward for hard work throughout the club.
"This has just been an unbelievable season," Drury told Canaries Player.
"If you had said that going into the last game, we could be looking to finish as high as 12th, people would have thought you were joking.
"Everyone involved has done a fantastic job and hopefully everyone has enjoyed it.
"The job the manager has done here in the three years has been unreal.
"To stay in the Premier League is probably the biggest achievement because of the gulf in money."
Drury is set for a testimonial against Celtic at Carrow Road later this month, and could yet be offered a new deal for next season.
He added: "If you had said to me a couple of years ago when we were in League One that I would be playing Premier League football again, I would have said you are crazy.
"It has almost been like a dream, and to enjoy it as much as we have has been fantastic."
Lambert may have performed a minor miracle in keeping the Norfolk club up on a limited budget, but the Scot knows perhaps a bigger challenge lies ahead in 2012-13.
He said on BBC Radio Norfolk: "If you accept that you are in a comfort zone there is only one way you are going to - and that is back down.
"If everyone thinks like that, there's only one way Norwich will go.
"As soon as you start to think you have arrived or achieved anything that is when it goes belly up."
Lambert added: "That is why all the great players and great teams are where they are because they want to keep winning, they want to keep improving the players."
Norwich will need to bring in some reinforcements during the summer, but Lambert is unlikely to be presented with a bumper transfer kitty.
"It is not rocket science, the team needs help," he said.
"After the season we will sit down and see what is going to happen."