Saturday 19 August 2017

Hoolahan pens new two-year Norwich deal

Hoolahan was one of the stand-out performers for Martin O’Neill’s side in France and is expected to play a key role in the World Cup qualifying campaign. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Hoolahan was one of the stand-out performers for Martin O’Neill’s side in France and is expected to play a key role in the World Cup qualifying campaign. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Wes Hoolahan has ended speculation surrounding his future after he signed a two-year extension with Norwich City.

The Ireland playmaker was linked with a move away from Carrow Road on the back of his performances at Euro 2016 but he has committed his future to the club who were relegated to the Championship last season.

The 34-year-old former Shelbourne player is in his eighth year at Norwich and has scored 45 goals in his 285 appearances for the Canaries.

Hoolahan was one of the stand-out performers for Martin O'Neill's side in France and is expected to play a key role in the World Cup qualifying campaign that begins in Serbia next month.

"Wes has always been a special player for us," Norwich manager Alex Neil said.

"More often than not, he's the one I turn to when I need someone to deliver something for me, and he never really lets me down. He's a quality player. We all know his qualities. He'll be key for us this year."

Meanwhile, Newcastle are understood to have activated the release clause in Ciaran Clark's contract. The Ireland defender is expected to leave Aston Villa in the coming days.

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