A Ca­nary singing the Posh praises

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @Alan­swan­net

ONE of the finest home­grown tal­ents in Posh his­tory is hon­oured by a tes­ti­mo­nial match tonight.

Adam Drury’s Nor­wich City take on Celtic at Car­row Road as The Ca­naries pay trib­ute to 11 years of ser­vice from their gifted, and loyal, left-back.

Drury is grate­ful to Nor­wich, but he’s also been singing the praises of Posh for get­ting a 539-game ca­reer un­der way. The man­ager who awarded Drury his first pro­fes­sional con­tract will be one of the guests of hon­our tonight.

“Barry Fry is com­ing,” Drury re­vealed. “He gave me my first pro deal and to be fair to Baz he was al­ways good to me.

“I’d al­ways wanted to be a pro­fes­sional foot­baller so I will al­ways be grate­ful to Posh for set­ting me on my way.

“It was spe­cial for me hav­ing come through the youth team to play so many first-team games and we had some suc­cess as well.

“Win­ning the play-off final against Dar­ling­ton at Wem­b­ley was a ca­reer high­light. I’ve en­joyed some great times at Nor­wich as well, but you al­ways re­mem­ber the first pro­mo­tion.

“I’m a Posh fan to be fair. I wouldn’t think there is any­one at the club from my time there now, but I’m al­ways happy when they do well.

“Ear­lier this sea­son we even had an ex-posh back four (Drury, Rus­sell Martin, El­liott Ward, Ryan Ben­nett) for a Premier League game at Nor­wich.

“Rus­sell is a top, top bloke, while Ryan Ben­nett has been quiet, but he’s clearly a very good player.

“I know how tough the Cham­pi­onship is from my time with Nor­wich. There are some huge clubs in­volved so for Posh to sur­vive pretty com­fort­ably is a great achieve­ment and I hope they kick on next sea­son.”

Drury made his Posh de­but as a 17 year-old sub­sti­tute in a 4-0 de­feat at Ox­ford on the final day of the 1995-96 League Two sea­son.

Fry re­placed Mick Hal­sall as first­team boss that sum­mer and Drury started a Posh game for the first time two months later.

Drury went on to play 168 times for Posh, scor­ing twice, be­fore mov­ing to Nor­wich in March 2001 for fee re­ported at the time to be £325,000.

And what a move it turned out to be.

“I’ve played in three di­vi­sions for Nor­wich, won three pro­mo­tions and twice gone up to the Premier League with them,” Drury added.

“It’s proved to be a great move for me. I’ve been here for 11 years and there’s rarely been a dull mo­ment.

“Three sea­sons ago I played as we lost our first game of the sea­son 7-1 at home to Colch­ester and it’s in­cred­i­ble to think that two sea­sons later we were back in the Premier League.

“I was happy to be in­volved this sea­son as much as I was (he made 16 ap­pear­ances). It’s been a great sea­son for the whole club.

“We stayed up eas­ily and we did it play­ing good foot­ball. It’s a plea­sure to be around the place and I’m sure my tes­ti­mo­nial will be an­other great night.

“I’ve had op­por­tu­ni­ties to leave in the past, but the fam­ily are set­tled in the area and I’m glad I stayed. I love the place.

“Not many play­ers stay long enough at the same club to qual­ify for tes­ti­mo­ni­als so I’m proud to get one.

“I’m ac­tu­ally out of con­tract now, but I’m not due to talk to the man­ager about the fu­ture un­til af­ter tonight’s match.”

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