Sunday 25 August 2019

Wes Hoolahan will not be returning to the League of Ireland after Norwich exit

Wes Hoolahan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Wes Hoolahan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Wes Hoolahan is looking to stay in England after his departure from Norwich this summer was confirmed with a return to the League of Ireland not on his agenda.

The 35-year-old has been granted a testimonial with Norwich after spending 10 seasons with the club, with his record of 351 appearances leaving him 16th on their all-time list.

He should add to that tally against Leeds on Saturday with the Canaries hierarchy pencilling the final home game of their season in for Hoolahan's farewell; he will not be considered for the final game of the season away to Sheffield Wednesday.

"I'm looking forward to my next challenge, and to organising a testimonial for next year. I've had a brilliant time," said Hoolahan.

It's believed that the Dubliner is keen to continue playing and will wait to see what offers come his way.

There was Championship-level interest in January on account of a season where he has drifted in and out of manager Daniel Farke's plans.

Hoolahan has made it clear that he plans to stay in England after hanging up his boots so a comeback to finish his career in Ireland is a non-runner.

Farke did pay a warm tribute to the player and suggested he would have liked to work with him at a younger age.

"I feel really blessed and thankful to have been his coach," said Farke. "It's been a big pleasure to work with Wes, not only because of his ability but also because of his personality.

"I've made it clear before just how much I would have appreciated working with him when he was 26, because he's an unbelievable player. He's a club legend already, and we know he will be even more of a legend in the future."

Hoolahan signed for Norwich from Blackpool in June 2008.

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