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Wednesday 23 May 2012

Drury revels in Norwich testimonial

Long-serving defender rewarded for 11 years service with match against Celtic

Norwich's Adam Drury spoke to the crowd after his testimonial match at Carrow Road

Norwich City defender Adam Drury admitted he was left "in a daze" after his testimonial match at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

A bumper crowd of more than 18,000 saw Norwich beat Celtic 2-0 to celebrate the Canaries career of left-back Drury, 33, who has been at the club since 2001.

He played until the 63rd minute, and when he was taken off all four sides of the ground rose in tribute to Norwich's iconic number three, who made 12 Barclays Premier League appearances last season.

"It might be the last time I'm here, I don't know"
- Adam Drury

Drury, along with Norwich manager Paul Lambert, then spoke to the crowd after the final whistle to thank the fans for going along.

"It's a bit surreal, just standing in the centre circle with everyone chanting your name," he said. "That will stay with me for a long, long time and that will be one of the stand-out moments of the night.

"But to take it all in, it's unreal. I'm in a bit of a daze obviously, trying to make understanding of what's going on. But I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and I tried to take it in as much as I could.

"It's a bit of a whirlwind when you are out there and people are saying 'enjoy it, enjoy it', and you are trying - but at the same time you don't really know what's going on."

Drury is out of contract this summer and does not know whether he will be offered a new deal by the Canaries.

He added: "It might be the last time I'm here, I don't know. We will have to wait and see.

"That's just one of those things, but I'm just going to enjoy tonight for what it was, and it was absolutely brilliant.

"It's hard to put into words to be honest. Obviously I've heard what an atmosphere Celtic fans create, but until you actually see it... from start to finish they are non-stop.

"Norwich fans were first class as well, they joined in with it, and it will take a while to sink in."

Drury joined Norwich from Peterborough for £500,000 in March 2001 and has made 361 appearances for the club.

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  • Norwich defender Drury has testimonial against Celtic
  • Left-back has played for Canaries since 2001
  • Drury not sure whether he will still be at Carrow Road club next season