Anthony Pilkington says his new Norwich team-mates have helped ease what could have been a lonely pre-season.
The 22-year-old Norwich winger signed from Huddersfield in July while still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in March.
He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "It was difficult but the lads have been fantastic, they made it really easy.
"In Germany I was on the side and they were shouting over a bit of banter, it's a great bunch."
He added: "It's the same at every club, whenever you sign for a new team, but the lads here have been fantastic like I said, so have
Pilkington played non-league football for Atherton Collieries before earning moves to Stockport and then Huddersfield.
Grant Holt, Russell Martin and fellow new-signing Steve Morison have all progressed up the football pyramid in recent years, but Pilkington admits he did not have to work as hard as some.
"I escaped the tyre-fitting and the brick-laying, I was at college pushing a pen around, but it was a good place.
"We played a lot of football and I'm just happy to be given this chance and it's one I'm not going to give up lightly.
"I was playing on pitches that didn't really have grass and you look around at the stadiums I'll be playing at this season, it's a massive step-up," he added.