The start of something big for City?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:18 06 July 2010
Owain Tudur Jones can sense 'something big' beginning to build at Carrow Road - and is desperate to be part of it. City have built up an impressive pre-season record as the opening League One game of the season, against Colchester, approaches.
Owain Tudur Jones can sense “something big” beginning to build at Carrow Road - and is desperate to be part of it.
City have built up an impressive pre-season record as the opening League One game of the season, against Colchester, approaches.
Six wins and a draw have already established the Canaries as one of the pre-season favourites for an immediate return to the Championship, and Tudur Jones says the battle for a starting place on Saturday is being hotly-contested.
“Nobody wants to miss the boat,” said the 6ft 4in midfielder, who joined Gunn's revolution earlier this summer.
“You can sense it could be the beginning of something good this season.
“It's impossible to guarantee that, but if we keep doing the right things, who knows.
“Obviously we have gone through pre-season unbeaten, which is of great satisfaction. It gets that winning mentality which it seemed this place needed.
“But we can't take the foot off the pedal now just because what we have achieved in pre-season - next week will be a completely different challenge.”
Tudur Jones finds himself in a battle of his own for a starting place in midfield, arguably the most competitive area for selection. Fellow newcomers Matt Gill and Stephen Hughes will also want one of the central midfield berths, while young Tom Adeyemi has genuine claims after an excellent summer - all of which suits the Welshman down to the ground.
“That's the way it should be,” said Tudur Jones. “I don't think it is a case of having one game to stake your claim, you have got to be on your game all the time.
“If you're off your game for one game, two games, three games then you're going to be replaced, and rightly so - that's the way the football world should be.
“You need to have that element of competition behind you, players champing at the bit to get in the side before you and it is important to have that - additionally it is important that those players that play in the same position get on as well off the pitch.
“There is no point n making enemies just because somebody plays in your position and throughout the side now we have got more than one player to play in every single position and that can only be a good thing.”
Gunn have all four central midfielders time against Wigan on Saturday, when City twice came from behind to claim a deserved 3-2 win and end the pre-season campaign on a high note.
“We coped with that Wigan had - and a little bit more,” said Tudur Jones, who came up against his former Swansea boss, Roberto Martinez.
“I think we showed that we are a good passing side as well. With the signings the manager has made over the summer, we have got a little bit of both - we can play at the right times. And that's especially important here because teams are going to come and put loads of men behind the ball and they are going to be difficult to break down.
“We are going to have to be comfortable on the ball and likewise you need to have it the other way where you need to know when you can play and I think with the squad we have got at the moment, it seems a very strong squad and a squad that will be capable of challenging.
“It's impossible to guarantee success in these divisions, but there is a good balance there.”