Norwich have cause to be optimistic ahead of the new Championship season

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After three years of mediocrity and relegation struggles in the Premier League, it will be nice to be able to support Norwich in the Championship this season.

Of course, it is everybody's ideal to be in the Premier League, but for me, the Championship is the most exciting league in the world and I am confident that Norwich will do well.

It will be a refreshing change to see them win some games and hopefully be in the mix at the right end of the table come May 2015.

Reasons for optimism

There are reasons to be optimistic as far as I am concerned. The squad has so far not been pillaged by the bigger clubs in the top-flight.

More often than not, when a team gets relegated from the Premier League, several of their players all of a sudden consider themselves too good to play second-tier football and demand transfers.

Thankfully, the boys at Norwich seem to be more humble and realistic than your average footballer. Robert Snodgrass is the only player who has been sold, and according to the powers that be at the club, this was due more to the fact that the offer from Hull City was too good to turn down as opposed to Snodgrass demanding a move.

As a result, I want to wish Snodgrass the very best at his new club, and would like to thank him for his magnificent efforts during the last couple of seasons. He will be missed.

Thankfully, for the time being at least anyway, the rest of Norwich's squad has been left alone,and has been improved in some quarters.

The Canaries struggled to score goals last season, so I am hopeful that Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban will be able to put that right. If Norwich can keep hold of Nathan Redmond, then he will be a thorn in the side of most Championship clubs.

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Nathan Redmond

I fully expect clubs to come knocking for the likes of Redmond and Leroy Fer. I think Norwich can survive without Fer, but Redmond would be a massive loss. He must be kept him at all costs.

John Ruddy remains one of the top 'keepers in the country, so I am glad that he has stayed. The defence was generally quite leaky last season, but Russ Martin, Ryan Bennett, Michael Turner and Martin Olsson should fare better in the Championship.

I have complete and utter confidence that any of the midfielders at the club will be able to thrive in the Championship and Neil Adams is spolit for choice in the striker department. The aforementioned Grabban and Lafferty, along with Gary Hoope,r will no doubt be challenging for top scorer awards.

All in all, this is the first time in some time that I have gone into a season feeling reasonably confident and I look forward to seeing Norwich getting off to a flying start against Wolves next week.

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