Surman to fight for place

Midfielder is relishing the challenge posed by new faces

Andrew Surman: The midfielder found the net five times for Norwich in their return to the Premier League

Andrew Surman is ready to battle for his place in Norwich's midfield after new boss Chris Hughton's summer spending spree.

Robert Snodgrass and Jacob Butterfield have both joined since the manager replaced Paul Lambert at the helm.

The Scot decided to join Aston Villa at the start of June after guiding the Norfolk club to a 12th-place finish.

But despite the increased competition for places, Surman has vowed to make himself the first name on Hughton's team sheet and build on a solid first season back in the Premier League.

Pivotal

"I was pleased with the amount of games I played, but you always want to play more games, score more goals," he said.

"I want to play an even more pivotal role in the team's progress.

"I don't think anyone will be guilty of taking their foot off the pedal, whoever the manager is. Everyone's got things to prove and everyone's on a level playing field now.

"Everyone wants to be in the Premiership. We don't want to have a bad season, especially after last season's success."