ZAK: WE CAN STAY UP
ZAK WHITBREAD would love to extend his stay at Norwich beyond the end of the season, as the American centre-back aims to keep the Canaries in the Premier League.
The Texan-born Liverpool Academy graduate has been impressive in Norwich’s rearguard, combining well with both Daniel Ayala and Elliott Ward.
Whitbread, 28, signed from Millwall in January 2010, but saw his own progress slowed by a series of fitness problems.
After 14 appearances in the top flight, Whitbread hopes to be given the chance to extend his stay in Norfolk when his current deal expires in the summer.
“I have just been a bit disappointed I couldn’t play more games than what I have, but it’s a great club, a great set-up and it’s going in the right direction,” Whitbread said.
“I am just enjoying playing the games and if anything comes of it then great.”
Whitbread, who was brought up in Runcorn, represented the United States Under20s team at the 2003 World Youth Championship.
But after an
injury he has not tasted international action.
Whitbread’s immediate focus is on helping the Canaries retain their Premier League status by beating Wigan after defeats by Man United and Stoke.
He said: “I am desperate to stay in this league and I have got to work really hard with the rest of the lads to try to achieve that.”