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´Wolf´ hungry for first-team football

Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he has been assured by manager Chris Hughton that he will be Norwich City’s first-choice striker next season.

The 24-year-old forward, who scored 20 goals in 41 games for Sporting Lisbon last term, agreed to join the Premier League outfit in January for a club record fee of 8.5 million pounds.

The arrival of the Netherlands international will see him join Grant Holt and Luciano Becchio as strikers available to Hughton, who showed a preference to play one striker throughout last season.

And Van Wolfswinkel – who is insistent that his move to Norwich is not a step back – revealed that Hughton has told him he will be the club’s number one forward next term.

“Some people may see my transfer as a step back. But the Premier League is bigger than the Portuguese league,” Van Wolfswinkel said.

“Life is good in Portugal, but the football has to be on a certain level too. Sporting ended this season as seventh in the league.

“The club has not won prizes for many years. Sporting remains a big club, but especially because of its history.

“Norwich is a small club compared to Sporting, but also a friendly club with a beautiful stadium and good fans. That suits me.

“The manager said I will be his number one striker. I know I have to battle for it, but it’s always good to get the confidence.”

Van Wolfswinkel finished his Sporting Lisbon career with 42 goals in 86 matches in all competitions.
Fri 31 May, 2013
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