Johnson vows City fight
Bradley Johnson insists neither he nor new club Norwich will be making up the numbers in the Premier League.
Last Updated: 08/07/11 2:20pm
Bradley Johnson insists neither he nor new club Norwich will be making up the numbers in the Premier League next season.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been handed the chance of playing in the top flight for the first time in his career after signing a three-year deal with newly-promoted Norwich.
Johnson helped Leeds gain League One promotion with Norwich in 2009/10 and City boss Paul Lambert has been impressed by his battling
performances over the last two years, saying: "He has got a little bit of a nasty streak in him, not over-the-top, but he won't shy away from it."
And Johnson believes that fighting spirit can only help the Canaries as they aim to make their mark in the Premier League after enjoying back-to-back promotions.
"I wouldn't say it's a nasty streak - it's just the desire to win," Johnson said.
"I am a sore loser, I can tell you that. I want to win every game, so that shows in my performance with how I work.
"I have a passion and desire, am a box-to-box player and hopefully Norwich will see the best of me."
After being released by Arsenal at 15, Johnson set about kick-starting his career with Ryman League side Waltham Forest before joining Cambridge, Northampton and then Leeds in 2008.
He came out of contract after helping Leeds finish seventh in the Championship last season and having joined Norwich on a free transfer he is eager to make the most of the opportunity.
"Like myself, most of the lads have come from the lower leagues," he said. "We have got that hunger and desire to play in the top flight.
"We have been given the chance to do it and we all want to stay there.
"I have come a long way, and hopefully now I am ready," Johnson added.
"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League, and now I have got that chance.
"Paul Lambert is building something here, and I want to be part of that.
"I know how good the team is and what a good bunch of lads they are.
"I have settled in well already and I can't wait for the season to start now."