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Page last updated at 08:09 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 09:09 UK

Norwich set for tour of Scotland

Bryan Gunn
Norwich manager Bryan Gunn is from Scotland

Norwich City's preparations for life in League One continue with a tour to Scotland this week.

On Tuesday evening, they will face First Division side Raith Rovers, followed by a trip to Premier League outfit St Johnstone on Thursday.

The tour will conclude on Saturday afternoon with a match at the Second Division's Airdrie United.

Norwich City assistant manager Ian Butterworth said: "We've got a busy schedule ahead of us."

"We're looking to gel the team, get them minutes under the belt and get them back to match conditions. There's a few players we're taking and we're all building up to that first game against Colchester," he said.

City have signed goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos, midfielders Matthew Gill and Owain Tudor Jones, and defender Michael Nelson so far this summer.

I don't know what they're thinking but I'm going to try everything I can to get a contract

Former Norwich winger Paul McVeigh

Joining them are a number of trialists including former Barcelona B striker Gordon Maric, ex-Tottenham youngsters Troy Powell, Nick Chrysanthou and Takura Mtandari and 20-year-old forward Chris Craig, who is out of contract at Rangers.

But perhaps the best known player hoping to impress is former Leeds striker Michael Bridges.

The 30-year-old started his career at Sunderland before moving to Elland Road for £5m, where he scored 19 goals in his first season at the Yorkshire club.

Since then, his career has been blighted by injury, with spells at Newcastle, Bolton, Sunderland, Carlisle, Bristol City, Hull and Sydney FC.

Former Canaries winger Paul McVeigh would also like to show manager Bryan Gunn that he has something to offer Norwich City.

The 31-year-old has been training with his old club after being released by Luton Town and has featured in friendly wins over Fakenham Town and Dartford.

"I don't know what they're thinking but I'm going to try everything I can to get a contract," he said.

"I've had a good couple of weeks in training and I'd love to come back."

After the tour in Scotland ends, the Canaries first team will be back at Carrow Road to face a Manchester United XI on Saturday, 25 July.

Further friendly matches will take place Crystal Palace and at home to Wigan, before League One starts on Saturday, 8 August.

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