Minutes In The Bank

Will Norris says that Wolves’ pre-season tour of Austria has been productive on and off the pitch.

The club’s pre-season tour came to an end with a 1-0 defeat to FK Jablonec in Schwaz on Tuesday evening.


The defeat marked the end of Wolves’ tour of Austria, a tour in which Wolves have won two from three games.


Norris joined up with the squad mid-way through the tour following penning a three year deal with the club from Cambridge United.


Speaking after the defeat, the goalkeeper admitted it was disappointing to lose the final game of the tour, but he says that pre-season is not all about results.


The 23 year old began, “It was a disappointing result but obviously it’s not all about the result in pre-season, it’s about everyone getting minutes under their belts and getting used to playing in this new system. 


“I thought we played well against Jablonec - they were tough, difficult opposition to break down, but it’s all minutes in the bank.


“It’s been fantastic to be part of the tour - I’ve settled in really well with the group, they're a great bunch and there are some really good, quality players as well. 


“Im excited to see how the rest of pre-season goes. 


“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me after getting the transfer done really quickly. 


“I had two weeks at Cambridge back in for pre-season, so the fitness is there and never really went away to be honest. 


“It’s been good settling in, it's a big step up for me and I’m looking forward to challenging myself.


“Its been a really good trip - we’ve trained well and I think the important thing is spending time with each other. 


“We’ve spent a lot of time together and getting that group connection going, hopefully that transpires on the pitch and we can get some good results.”


Norris became the fourth goalkeeper who travelled to Austria as he linked up with John Ruddy, Harry Burgoyne and Jack Ruddy who are coached by Rui Barbosa.


He says that working with the likes of England international, John Ruddy was something that convinced him in signing for Wolves


“The goalkeeping unit was one of the things that I was looking forward to the most when I was joining the cub - working with someone like John Ruddy. Harry as well and Jack - it’s a good mix of goalkeepers and there’s competition for the shirt there which there should be.


“I’m looking to give a good, honest account of myself - I want to train well, play well and be a real hard worker. 


“That's how I’ve set my stall out at all the clubs that I’ve been at and Wolves I no different. 


“I need to really work hard and challenge for that number one jersey. 


“Joining a football club like Wolverhampton is unbelievable, it’s a dream come true for me. 


“Watching teams like Wolves growing up, you never even dream of playing for them - I’ve got this opportunity now and I’m determined to give it my absolute all.”