Following two successive promotions, you'd think that Norwich City would be content with their progress thus far, however with their first season in the Barclays Premier League since 2005 approaching, Andrew Surman says his side have much to prove.
The 24-year-old endured a difficult spell in the top-flight during his spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but helped Norwich win automatic promotion from the Npower Championship last season.
But Surman believes that given another chance, he can produce the goods.
"It was a frustrating time for me, but I feel like I've always got a point to prove, I think everyone has," he said. "Everyone want to prove themselves in the Premier League."
"Look at the players we've got here, there's not much Premier League experience so everyone wants to prove they can do it and it's where everyone wants to be."
Despite making seven signings this summer, including bringing in Bradley Johnson, Elliott Bennett and Steve Morison, the new players combined with the current crop of players have little more than a handful of Barclays Premier League appearances to their name, leaving them second favourites, behind Swansea City to be relegated.
But Surman believes that Paul Lambert's side have what it takes to beat the drop.
"It doesn't really bother us," he continued. "We know what we've got to do and we trust each other, there's a great team spirit here and we feel we're good enough to compete in the Premier League.
"Obviously everyone's probably going to write us off because we've just come up but we'll use that as motivation," he concluded.
Surman's 23-year-old teammate Anthony Pilkington is also looking forward to what will be the biggest challenge of his career, having arrived in the summer from Huddersfield.
The skilful wide man is still recovering from a broken ankle sustained last season, but looked lively when he came on as a second half substitute during City’s 3-0 win against Parma on Saturday afternoon and set up Surman’s second goal to complete the scoring after Grant Holt’s opener in the first half.
Since signing for City, Pilkington has been continuing his rehabilitation from a dislocated ankle and broken fibula sustained whilst at Huddersfield and will be ready if called upon for City’s Premier League opener against Wigan.
“I’m just relishing being out there and getting my fitness back and playing to the best of my ability,” he said. “I can’t wait to get 100 per cent fit and show everyone what I can do.
“I’m just going to keep working hard on the training pitch – if I have to wait a couple more weeks then so be it, it’s up to the gaffer. I feel I’ve got some good playing time under my belt now.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge of proving myself at this level. I'm feeling good after the injury and will be ready if the manager needs me."
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