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Quotes of the Week: 6th April 2008

Canary boss Glenn Roeder reveals his admiration for Dion Dublin once again:

He’s a great human being first and foremost and a great football player after that. I think he’s made the right decision to retire at the end of the season because I believe it’s better for really top players to go out while they are still performing at a high level like this. I don’t personally agree with good players ending their careers by dropping further and further down the leagues.

Dion has showed all season and again today what a top quality striker he is. He will be remembered as a wonderful example of a good old-fashioned English centre forward and did well again today (against Burnley) for his goal.

Skipper Mark Fotheringham on the sacrifices madee by the modern footballer:

Some young players make mistakes but in my eyes we get paid a lot of money to do the best job in the world. I go out and play professional football in front of 25,000 fans every other week. Even if you are sitting at the bottom of the table with pressure it’s not a bad pressure.

My Dad’s a scaffolder and he goes out to work every day. I get to kick a ball about for 90 minutes. It’s a fantastic life and if that means sacrificing a few things for a few weeks then it’s not much of a sacrifice.

Rossi Jarvis puts himself in the shop window:

My ideal aim is to stay at Norwich but I’m getting to the age where I need to play regular football and if I don’t get that at Norwich, I would have to look elsewhere. And I’m willing to drop a level now to come back up later, if it means playing regularly.

Roeder reveals that the ground-work for the next batch of loans is already being done:

All I’ve really done is spoken to a few managers, sporting directors at clubs just to say that next year we will be looking for loan players again – and bear us in mind.

And the response has been fantastic. Not only have they said that they’ll bear us in mind, but basically they’ll give us the first look at their players to say ‘Yes!’ or ‘No!’ which is a great position to be in.

And that the players can’t wait for next week’s big game:

It’s on to the derby against Ipswich next week and the players can’t wait. They are itching to get on that bus and go to Portman Road for the game next Sunday. They were already talking about it after the game today.

Aren’t we all Glenn, aren’t we all…

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