The former Leeds captain joined from Norwich City last week and admits he couldn't wait to get started with the club .

"There's a fair few reasons why I was keen to come here," said Howson, speaking for the first time since joining the club.

"There is a good squad here with a real chance of bouncing back and it's great I've been given the opportunity to come here and be a part of that."

Jonny Howson

"I'm aware of what the manager here did last season, but I was aware of the facilities going back to when I went up there with the Academy at Leeds, and the size and potential of the club.

"There is a good squad here with a real chance of bouncing back and it's great I've been given the opportunity to come here and be a part of that."

Howson's first proper introduction to his new manager and his new team-mates came when he joined up for the pre-season trip to Portugal.

"It's a nice place to come and train and it's a good way to get to know everyone when you spend 24/7 together," he said.

"It's very hot, but that helps with getting you fit and it's all part and parcel of pre-season training.

"It's good to get to know your team-mates, and it's good to get a greater understanding of the manager and listen to his messages and what he wants."

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