Being part of team again so rewarding for Bradford City loan defender Drury (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Being part of team again so rewarding for Bradford City loan defender Adam Drury
Games are like buses for Adam Drury – you spend ages waiting to get one, then they all come at once.
The vastly-experienced left back will make his fifth start on the bounce for the Bantams at Leyton Orient tomorrow.
That marks his longest run in a side since the end of the 2012 season, when a groin injury brought 11 years of service at Norwich to an abrupt finish against a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool.
Drury left Carrow Road for Leeds that summer and, after featuring on and off last term, it has been a watching brief pretty much ever since. No wonder the chance to hook up with City was a no-brainer for the 35-year-old defender.
“Having kids kept me busy at weekends but at the same time Gillette Soccer Saturday would be on the TV,” said Drury.
“I’d watch all the results come in but it’s not the same thing. I can sit in front of the TV with my feet up a few years down the line.
“The biggest disappointment is not having that buzz of going in on a match day. You can train all you want during the week but there’s nothing to aim for.
“I obviously went to Leeds to play and it didn’t work out for whatever reason. The old manager went and Brian McDermott came in with his own ideas.
“It was up to me to go out somewhere and show that I can still play and so far I think I’m doing all right.”
Drury’s football famine has turned into a feast with City’s current hectic schedule. He will have fitted in eight appearances by the end of his month’s loan next week – a stay which all parties are keen to extend.
“You don’t get a break in this league with all the midweek games, but that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“Leeds are a big club but when you’re not playing week in, week out, you don’t feel part of it. That’s why coming here has been brilliant because I’ve been involved in the games so far.
“Maybe the adrenaline gets you through the first game or two but then you have to really work hard. You have to look after your body carefully when you get the other side of 30.
“But the staff, the fans and the lads especially have made a big difference and made it easier for me. I’ve been mightily impressed with the club.
“Nothing has been mentioned to me so far about the loan but I’m thoroughly enjoying myself here. I just want to win some games – that’s the main aim.”
After recent years spent in the Premier League and Championship, third-tier football is familiar territory. Drury won back-to-back promotions with the Canaries.
Parkinson has called this the toughest League One in years and, as he prepares to square up with the division’s third-placed club, Drury has not been surprised with its unpredictable nature.
He said: “It’s never been easy. You only have to look at the list of results each week to see any team can beat anyone. It’s just those who have had those periods of consistency over the season are up near the top.”
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