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Van Wolfswinkel happy with move

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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:08:00

Blackburn caretaker boss Gary Bowyer has called on the club's fans to get behind the team when they face Blackpool on Friday.

Bowyer, who begins his second spell in temporary charge this season after the departure of Michael Appleton, insists the supporters have a huge part to play between now and the end of the season.

"The main thing for the supporters is to back the team the way they did against Burnley," he told the club's official website.

"They backed the side right until the death and with Dunny scoring in injury-time was great for us and gave us the boost to go into this game.

"With the experience from sampling that atmosphere we want to appeal to the fans to come and cheer the football club and the players on once again.

"Because when the fans are like that the players respond and vice-versa. It is much needed."

He also admitted three points against Paul Ince's side are vital if they are to distance themselves from the bottom three.

He added: "We've got to try and win the game and get the team climbing up the league. You've always to be realistic and we have to try and get some wins as quickly as possible.

"Hopefully we can the start climbing the table. It has been a tough season and we want to finish it on a high now."

The 24-year-old Holland international is set to join the Canaries on July 1 from Sporting Lisbon in a four-year deal, the transfer reported to be worth ?8million.

Chris Hughton's men are slowly edging towards another season in the Barclays Premier League, lying seven points clear of the drop zone heading into the final eight games.

Van Wolfswinkel feels next season will see the Norfolk club looking up towards a top-10 finish.

In an interview with Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Van Wolfswinkel said: "The club is in the middle of the table and very ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on strong.

"The plan is also to bring in an attacking midfielder and two wide players this summer. With that, Norwich can look to play in the top half of the table."

Hughton, who tracked Van Wolfswinkel during the January transfer window along with Celtic striker Gary Hooper, believes the 6ft 2ins frontman can bring some much-needed goal power to his side, who have often deployed captain Grant Holt as a lone striker this season.

Van Wolfswinkel is determined to repay that confidence next season.

"That a club would spend so much money, in these times, shows their faith in me," he said.

"I have been to Norwich to look around and spoken to the manager and chief executive over their plans for the future.

"I don't know much about Norwich, but the city and the club surprised me - the stadium has 25,000 (capacity) and there are 5,000 fans on a waiting list for (season) tickets on top of that which shows the status of the club.

"I had a good talk with the manager, Chris Hughton. He was very specific about my qualities and wants to build a strong team around him. That gives good trust."

Van Wolfswinkel started his career with Vitesse Arnhem before switching to FC Utrecht ahead of a ?4.5million transfer to Sporting in 2011, where he netted 25 times last term and so far has 14 to his name this season.

The Holland forward hopes his switch to England will help build his international aims, having made his debut for the Oranje squad in August 2010.

"That is always my aim," he added.

"For me it is important to be in a team where I can play every week.

"I want to play as high as possible, but also in a team where there is a lot of perspective - that is what Norwich City has, and that is why I have signed there for four years."

Norwich, with just one defeat in the last seven, head to Wigan on Saturday looking to maintain their healthy cushion over the fight for survival.

However, should the 18th-placed Latics pull off a victory, it would reduce that advantage down to just four points, and with a match still in hand on the sides above them.

Defender Russell Martin will be assessed having pulled out of Scotland's World Cup qualifier away to Serbia with a hamstring injury.

Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, meanwhile, must serve a one-match suspension following his controversial sending off in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland before the international break.

With England international John Ruddy still recovering from a thigh operation, Lee Camp is in line to start at the DW Stadium against the FA Cup semi-finalists.

Midfielder Alex Tettey, meanwhile, could be available from his lay-off with a knee problem.

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