Bradley Johnson admits he'd never rule out Norwich City return after midfielder's Derby spell ends Bradley Johnson received the Norwich City player of the season award from then chairman Alan Bowkett back in the summer of 2015.
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images There's a part of Bradley Johnson that is still in Norfolk. Still at Carrow Road. Still so fondly remembers the season he tore up the Championship and returned the club he called home back to the Premier League. "Unfortunately I left and Norwich went down that season, and I felt maybe if I'd stayed then we had a chance of staying up. But football is football and you have to carry on." Johnson's spell at Carrow Road was enough to see him sit proudly alongside Norwich City's top 100 appearance makers. His efforts during the 2014 15 season will be told for many more years to come. Former Norwich City team mates Bradley Johnson and John Ruddy share a moment at the final whistle at Ipro Stadium last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Money can buy you many things but some are much harder to find than others. And heart is among ok oakley sunglasses the toughest. "To be in the top 100 is a great achievement for me and when I look at the lads I was with Russell Martin, Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan. It's so good to be a part of that bracket and have the memories I took from Norwich. "Obviously I'd say it's the best time of my career and I'll never forget that, especially the promotion year. I always wanted to play in the Premier League and I fulfilled that dream at Norwich. I said I wanted to get them back there and I stuck by my word, when other players left and I could've left. MORE: The questions Norwich City's academy is still to answer as its importance looks set to grow Bradley Johnson lifts the Championship play offs trophy at Wembley Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images "Obviously I didn't get us promoted single handedly, but I had a great season and helped massively in making it happen." Yet it's not Wembley that sticks in Johnson's memory. "In my first three years I'd never experienced the derby," he said. "Everyone was telling me it was a great game against Ipswich but we were in the Premier League at the time. "Then when it happened, I knew what everyone was on about. My first was when we went there and beat them 1 0. We came back to Norwich and a few of us went out after, and it was all anyone was talking about. In my time we never lost to them either so I've got a good record. "It was disappointing how I left and it coming out of the blue. I'd never begrudge anyone running football like a business and I didn't have any hard feelings about leaving I was just disappointed because my main aim was to get Norwich promoted and then stay in the Premier League, and I wanted to be a part of that." Instead Johnson was moved on and the midfielder of 155 appearances and 22 goals 15 of them coming in his final season had to wait until last season to say goodbye. Join us as we take a trip through Norwich City's top 100 appearance makers "When oakley sunglasses closeout we played Norwich at Derby, the reception I got was unbelievable," said Johnson. "I know I scored the goal and we won the game, but I don't think many players can say they've played in a stadium and each corner is singing your name. "When I came down to Carrow Road, the reception I got there was surreal. It didn't really feel like a game, for me. It felt like I was coming back to say goodbye. "It was weird to play in because I didn't get that chance to say goodbye to the fans, but they gave me a great reception and I'm sure they were happy with the result because they beat us and deservedly so. We weren't good enough that game. "I still keep in contact with the lads and I'm sure I'll be coming back a lot, coming to watch their games. And we're in the same league so I'll be playing against them next year." So what of the future beyond that? To say Johnson wouldn't make a return to Norfolk somehow or other would be quite the gamble. "My personal view is I left Norwich on oakley pro m frame a high. That season was the best of my career and hopefully I've got a few more seasons in me so I can repeat it again, but I enjoyed that season so much and we had a great team. We had players who wanted the best for the club and for the city. "It's a great club, I enjoyed it there, I started my family there, my little boy still always wears his Norwich kits and stuff like that. "Delia Smith made it very family orientated for us and the wives. It's not just about the lads who are playing each week, because we go home to our wives and they've got to be happy as well. Delia made sure they were happy and took them on outings all the time, and I'm sure they're still doing that now. For more exclusive Norwich City news and views follow the Pinkun on Facebook "Football is about opinions. I'm at Derby now and I've got two more years left here, hopefully I see them out and then you never know what can happen. If Norwich came in for me I'd never turn oakley gold sunglasses them down, anyway.
" None of this is restricted to Johnson's playing days either. While at Carrow Road the midfielder took on plasterer and bricklaying courses to make sure his options were open once his legs had enough. Now he's added coaching badges to the mix completing them in Ireland alongside former team mates and good friends, Gary O'Neil and especially Lewis Grabban.
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