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Wes Hoolahan to leave Norwich at the end of the season

The former Ireland international has made over 350 appearances for the club.

Hoolahan scoring one of his 53 goals for Norwich.
Hoolahan scoring one of his 53 goals for Norwich.
Image: Dave Howarth

NORWICH CITY HAVE announced that “club legend” Wes Hoolahan is to leave the club at the end of the season.

The Canaries say there will be a special send-off at Carrow Road before and after this weekend’s Championship home finale against Leeds.

The club and player have both agreed that he will not be involved in their final game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday “in order to allow him a thoroughly deserved send-off at Carrow Road.”

The 35-year-old made over 350 appearances for Norwich after joining from Blackpool in 2008 and scored 53 times for the club. He retired from international football in February this year.

During his time with Norwich they played in England’s top three divisions — including four seasons in the Premier League — and he has worked under no fewer than seven managers.

Hoolahan wrote an open letter to Norwich fans today:

“It’s been a great ten years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at this club and it’s going to be an emotional day on Saturday against Leeds. I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got a lot of family coming over and hopefully they will enjoy the day out and hopefully we’ll get the win as well.

I spoke to my family last week and it will be great to have them over. I just want then to enjoy it because they can’t wait. My ten years have been brilliant, with a lot of ups and downs. To get promoted three times and to have played in the Premier League for four years means that Saturday is going to be an amazing day for everybody involved.

“For the last ten years, the fans have been amazing with me. Every time I’ve come off the pitch or come on from the bench they’ve always roared me on. I’ve really enjoyed the experience we’ve had with them. Hopefully it will be one last great day for the fans on Saturday and everyone will enjoy it.

“There are a couple of moments that really stand out for me. Against Portsmouth, when Simeon Jackson got us the goal to take us to the Premier League, with David Fox whipping a great ball into the box – it was just brilliant to see the ball go in to win the game.

And Wembley. To play in a game of that magnitude and to have all eleven players on the pitch play their best games in such a complete performance as we won was amazing. It was really enjoyable, and what a great day out it was for the fans too. It had been a tough season before, having been relegated, so to see so many there in such huge numbers was amazing.

“On Saturday, the most important thing is to win the game by putting in a good performance. I’d love to score against Leeds to finish it off on a high but it would make the day a lot better if we won. It would be great to go out on a high with a home win for the fans.

“It will be strange to leave this club after ten great years but you have to move on. The fans have been amazing to me, the club have been great and I’m going to miss the place. I just want to say to the fans ‘thanks for the support’, because they’ve been amazing.

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“Even through the downs, they’ve always turned out. In my first year here we were relegated but then you’d walk out into a League One game in front of 26,000 fans. It’s  one of the best clubs in the country and the support is always brilliant.

It’s been amazing. Sometimes you don’t think the day will come where you leave, but the time has come and I look forward to the next challenge. It goes by so quickly. The first day I came here I was training under Glenn Roeder, and now it’s with Daniel Farke.

“Time flies, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. See you on Saturday,

“Wes.”

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