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Lappin revels in Norwich return

Simon Lappin
Lappin joined Norwich from St Mirren in 2007 for 100,000

Simon Lappin says he is enjoying his time at Norwich City again after a nightmare 18 months at Carrow Road.

The midfielder was frozen out by Glen Roeder two years ago and sent to train with the club's youth team.

Since Paul Lambert was made Norwich manager, Lappin told BBC Radio Norfolk his Canary career has improved no end.

"It's had it's ups and downs, but I'm enjoying it at the moment. I'm loving it, and long may it continue - I'm keeping my head down though," he said.

"I'm working hard because I know how things can change in football.

"You can't become complacent so I'll keep working hard day-in, day-out."

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Lappin was signed by Peter Grant in January 2007, but by the end of the year he was playing under Roeder, who sent him for a successful loan spell at Motherwell in January 2008.

On his return from Scotland, Lappin was nowhere near Roeder's first team, eventually suffering the insult of joining academy training.

However, since Lambert replaced Roeder's successor Bryan Gunn in August, Lappin has blossomed and has started both of the Canaries' League One wins under his stewardship.

The 26-year-old was even made captain for Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Brentford at Carrow Road.

"It's always a huge honour to be given the captain's armband," he said. "I'm absolutely delighted to have led the team out, but the most important thing was to get into the next round."

The 1-0 win marked City's second consecutive clean sheet, and that is something that Lappin says Lambert is building into the team.

"That comes from the front, the strikers, you've got to defend as a team from the front right through midfield to the back.

"We've done that brilliantly the last two games, if you can keep a clean sheet, and you've got a good chance of nicking a goal, you're always going to do well," he said.



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