Anthony Pilkington unsure if he will be leaving Norwich City this summer

Anthony Pilkington celebrates scoring Norwich City's equaliser in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Carrow Road in October 2013. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. Anthony Pilkington celebrates scoring Norwich City's equaliser in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Carrow Road in October 2013. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
9:18 AM

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has admitted his future with the Canaries is uncertain.

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The 25-year-old former Huddersfield Town wide man is away with the Republic of Ireland for a series of summer friendlies.

He was an unused substitute in Sunday evening’s 2-1 defeat to Turkey at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, a game in which his City team-mate Wes Hoolahan set up Jonathan Walters for the home side’s only goal.

Injuries restricted Pilkington to just 10 Premier League starts last season, having played an integral part in City’s two previous campaigns in the Premier League.

But Pilkington admits he is unsure whether he will be staying at Carrow Road, saying: “I don’t know. I wasn’t really in the manager’s plans towards the end of the season so I’ll have to wait and see.”

Pilkington could win his fourth cap for Ireland on Saturday when Martin O’Neill’s side take on Italy at Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium.

Ireland then travel to the US to face Costa Rica on Friday, June 6 at the Gillette Stadium in Boston, the home of the New England Patriots for American Football and New England Revolution for football.

They then move to New Jersey to face Portugal at the MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, June 10, which is the home of American Football clubs New York Giants and New York Jets.

Once his Ireland duty is out of the way Pilkington can then focus on his future with the Canaries and said he is at least pleased to know which manager he will be dealing with, after the appointment of Neil Adams as permanent manager last week.

Pilkington, speaking to Sky Sports, added: “Club-wise the earlier the better because you can bring players in and let players go during the summer and obviously for next season the earlier the better and that’s what the club have done.”

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51 comments

  • Unsure = If someone want's me I'll go, if not I'll stay.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Superbly put Mad Brewer!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • It`s amazing what a good manager can do with underperforming players. It`s depressing what a bad manager can do to `overperforming` players. What remains to be seen is which category of manager Adams belongs to.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Still surprises me how simple people think it is to off load these 'unwanted' players. "Get rid,sell for a decent fee, they need to move on", are phrases I keep seeing on a daily basis. To do that though someone has to actually make an offer and an acceptable one at that. If you want rid of your old W reg Vauxhall Corsa but its prone to breaking down all the time, I wouldnt buy it off you for a 'good fee' and if I did take a punt on it I certainly wouldnt offer you a lot of money. Chances are we may well have a few of these so called 'unwanted' players still here next season, so think carefully before you simply chuck them on the unwanted pile.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Pilks has always had ideas above his station and is a lazy and careless player when fit, which is a shame because he has talent and potential. He's indirectly flirted with the idea of being snapped up by a bigger club for the last three seasons, and is up to his old tricks again. Wherever he goes, he'll no doubt be spending more time in the tattoo parlour than on the training ground. A very mediocre footballer.

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    wallybrain

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • All of this ,of course, is just conjecture. We can have no way of knowing if Pilkington fits in with the new Manager's plans or not. As he did not feature in Neil Adams squad in the last 5 games , I suspect that his future with Norwich City is tenuous, especially as he has not signalled in any way his commitment to the Club and the battle ahead. Time to release him if we can get any offer.

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    Brycland

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Here is a stab at the least motivated team we could put out from current permanent squad next season: Nash, Garrido, Bassong, R. Bennett, Whittaker: Pilkington, Fox, Fer, Hoolahan: RVW, Becchio (with the exception of Bennett and Whittaker all of them may not be best enamoured with the club at present.... thank you for that Mr Hughton)

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    jops

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I think blackdog 2 has it , play him up top with Hooper . He has a genuine ability that could be utilised better , yes his injury record is not great but in the modern game that should be managed a whole better by the club . Just my opinion , but we should keep him and convert him to a central striker . Imagine Pilks , Redmond and Murphy charging at the opposition defences in the championship , add Hooper in the right place at the right time and we'll be cheering a lot more goals .

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Lobo - enjoy the rest of your stay down in Andalucia.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Neatly summed up, Steve O. No disrespect to Snodgrass but if he was our best player last season it does show how short we were of true Premiership quality. And that manifested itself in our dreadful showing, made even worse by Hughton's repeated tactical and team selection blunders. Yes, I would also endorse the concept of a fit Pilks and Redmond playing on the flanks.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I'm glad to see that not everyone overlooks snoddys lack of creativity and the imbalance that he brings to the team because of his hard work. Agree completely with Malaga flier that if he's gonna be used as a Rw then he should be sold. The only case I'd like to see him kept in would be if he's played down the centre. While most fans seem to see him as some kind of messiah I'm afraid I see him as the biggest contributor to the lack of creativity and goals under hughton. Cutting inside all the time is not what I want to see froma winger. Those writing off Pilkington should remember what he was like in an attacking team. Would love to see him and Redmond on the wings next season. Some real pace and attacking intent. I'm afraid the one thing that disappointed me with Adams in the last four games was his continuation of having snoddy and Redmond on the wrong wings. Would have thought being a winger himself that Adams would have seen that it wasn't working all season

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    Steve_O

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • One amazing game per season with the rest of the appearances (when the sick note is not in use) mediocre at best. Sell and move on.

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    Disco Dale

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Lobbo you seem to take more holidays than Terry Wogan. Nerja is 'sort of' alright ,not totally spoilt, but too many Poms around the place. Rotherham is probably a better bet for a holiday where you can take in the New York stadium, Meadowhall shopping, as well as popping along to see if the old Moulders Arms is still bordered up.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Hola 'Malaga', drove to Nerja today and ended up that steep road by mistake. We're half board at the Vinuela, over looking the lake and mountains. Drove to Granada yesterday and am driving to Cordoba tomorrow. Being a landscape gardener I think I've picked a good week to avoid the good old UK. Weather here has beien marvellous. Cheers for the info. and you 'stew'. Back to NC, I'm really looking forward to next season, should be a big shake up. I live in Rotherham and have been seriously ribbed re. the fact we will be playing in the same league next season. Catch yer later, the bar is calling. OTBC.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • IMO Pilks should be sold for a decent fee also Hoolahan and any other players that want to go. If they can't be sold send them out to the 1st division on loan We want settled players only and build up a good team spirit which was lost under Hughton. Scout some eager quality young players who heal quickly we have had too many old crocks in the squad in the past 2 seasons who are either injured or lazy taking their money under false pretences.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • ! Hola Lobo! Lucky you. I on the other hand am currently in soggy Nofrolk! I know Vinuela well. If you like good fish and chips or liver and bacon I can recommend a place! Went there just before I came back to the UK for the summer (?). Anyway hope you are enjoying your stay. Do you know Frigiliana? Lovely traditional Moorish whitewashed hill village behind Nerja. Worth a trip but a bit steep in places! I live near there in the winter.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • …..and this has been my argument all season Malaga!....He either plays in the middle or on Eaton Park!...or should that be Sloughbottom?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • …..Having a great time I hope Lobbo!...The Rioja tastes at it's best when being consumed in those surroundings and in the warm sunshine ! Tempranilla ican be good too!....The rain has been falling all day here...lots of isolated flooding... Make sure you visit Peuto Banus and Mijas given the chance and the views from Malaga Castle are pretty good too! The Parador du Malaga has an excellent sea front Golf Course, and makes a nice stroll for the fit and well!.....As for football and wages!....You may well be correct ..But I don't expect it's reduced to starvation levels!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • If Adams (like Hughton) only sees Snodgrass as a right winger then we may as well sell him if the right offer comes in. We really must up our game from wide. We need pace down both flanks and a supply of telling crosses. Unfortunately Snodgrass, being left-footed, always wants to cut inside where he runs into traffic and loses the ball. While he may be a decent player a right winger he ain't! So for me it is a question of playing him in a more central role or looking for a right-footed right winger with pace who can beat a fullback on his outside and get in some good crosses from the byline.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • It is a little known fact that Pilkington's recurring injury problems stem from having a wooden leg with a squirrel in it

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • 'Stew', isn't the modern way of doing contracts having a clause that reduces player's income if relegation ensues? Had the best Riojo ever last night, oak aged to perfection.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • If you're out there 'Malaga' I'm currently sunning it in your neck of the woods. Hotel Vinuela don't know and very nice it is to. Top tucker and quality Malaga wine. Always enjoy your comments.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • …..Can Can!....Do you have information that is not in the public domain regarding Pilkington and Hoolahan?.....Hoolahan asked for a transfer in January which was refused....no further comments have appeared!...We must assume that he is available and willing as and when required!...His current form according to Martin O'Neil is good enough for The Premiership and The Championship!.....Pilkington, who suffers from ongoing injury problems, although he seems to get relief when internationals are being played, must have serious doubts in his own mind as to whether or not he can continue playing football!...He has another year to run on his contract, so is guaranteed an excellent income whether fit or not..playing or not!.....If as you say their attention is not supportive of the club that pays their wages..I think they should be off loaded as soon as possible....BUT we don't know that for sure...Do We ?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • i felt a bit negative about Adams' appointment before the weekend but now I'm stoked he's in charge. I'm really looking forward to next season and I can't wait to see who's in the finished line-up, just cool it with the 'future's uncertain articles' please EDP. it's not creativing positive vibez

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • That story would be amazing GPL if he was infact out of contract. However reading the official premier league list of out of contract players yesterday showed only 5 players out of contract (all who have been set for release in June - Nash, Fox & 3 kids). It showed the rest of the squad had contract options taken up which extended their deals by a year or were already under contract past next season. Off memory without flashing the list up (but its easily viewed if you wish to via google) I think the only exception at time of print was Remi Matthews was listed as "contract offered". Everyone else including the likes of pilks, turner, tettey and others meant to be out of contract are listed as retained for next season.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • On the back of relegation one of the things we are going to need is a positive dressing room. If pilks hoolihan , etc don't want to be here we need to get rid or they will bring the others down. It seems unlikely from the attitude of these two last season that they will be able to turn it around and want to fight for ncfc.

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    canary can-can

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Correction, that second "left" should be "Right", old age took over!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Pilkington had his chance here. Word has it that Newcasltle were after him over a year ago and he did his best to stay out of the team and injury free when his contract ended. That time has now arrived and having refused to sign a contract for over a year we all know where his priorities lie and it is not with Norwich City, I think we should let him go. Norwich City should play second fiddle to no one now that Newcastle seem to have cooled their interest in him. Let him go and find a club himself

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    GPL

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Here's a thought! Have often thought that a fit Pilks if he was fully committed to City would make a good centre forward, he is mainly left footed but has a decent left foot, can head a ball and can move when he wants to. Worth a shot?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Not really what fans want to be hearing, but, it could be the way it's worded here. There is a big difference between "I don't know, I'm not sure....." and "I really want to stay and play for the club and fight for my place in the team".

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • What little we did see of him last season was underwhelming. If we could get any money for him, move him on.

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Get Rid- Another freeloader who the Club can do without!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • That wasn't a stab at Snoddy by the way. While he frustrates me at times, some of our better players do that, but like you say he is a player we could actually get some decent money for. I wouldnt be pushing the idea but should a truly wowzer offer come in i'd be open to seeing what happens.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I agree with the view that Pilks is not going to get many serious offers unless he has shown that he is fit and has overcome his persistent injusry problems. That probably means that he has got at least Christams with us and the his fitness and attitude will be clearer. As football is a short career you can't blame players for trying to maximize their chances and move on if the face does not fit. My view was that the source of our problems last season was in midfield, which is odd as individually the players are all pretty good but they just did not seem to be able to create anything meaningful together. Watching the all-Madrid Champions League final made me weep to see what mid-fields should be doing.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Im not happy with the grumps of some players coming out into the public domain (Hoolahan, Becchio, Pilks etc....) but I refuse to write anyone off. If they leave, they leave but a fit Pilks is still a handy player to have at Championship level. Stew agree about Snodgrass. If a club came in with a insane offer I wouldn't be against selling him. Depends what happens with that money though and how we plan on using it. If it meant Snodgrass goes and we are left with a Redmond (who will be linked with a move away all season), Pilks (who is stupidly injury prone), Bennett and the unproven Murphy (undecided on him still in regards to immediate starting) i'd be worried.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Stew, Snodgrass divides opinion - either the main man or the main problem. he clearly has a high opinion of himself but never lacks for effort. His goal return was pretty reasonable this season and at times looked the most likely player to score. Then again, if he had delivered more quality crosses, then our forwards might also have achieved more. I am not sure where I sit with Snodgrass but I like team players. Don't think he fits that description. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • …..Matt!...I will bring a bit of controversy onto the board on this beautiful sodden wet day! Apart from RvWW, Fer and Hooper...Snodgrass must be our biggest financial asset!....Nothing would give me greater pleasure than a club willing to put an acceptable amount of money on the table and it being accepted!....The decks would be cleared to build a balanced team with that one move!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Pilkington doesn't exactly sound like a committed squad player for the battle ahead, does he? Perhaps his own interest and the Club's would be best served if he was moved on , unless he can find an ounce of loyalty, commitment or determination.

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • …..Hello there Sharky! ….How right you are!....of course that applies to ALL the players, and not just for themselves, but for the team and Club!...That's probably the biggest task facing Neil Adams!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • A fit Pilkington and would be a real asset next season. As others have said, his injury history would seriously undermine his transfer value so it's in everyones interest for him to buckle down and get on with it at Norwich. Not always easy to come back from injury especially mid season when everyone else is match fit and up to speed. I for one hope he remains a Canary. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Another player changing his tune. Similar to another thread I refuse to write any players off. Think we can all take a good guess at the players Neil Adams would like rid of, but to do that someone has to actually bid and at an acceptable amount to! The players left however may just become handy. If Pilks can stay fit, free of injury + we manage to keep a majority of the squad im quite positive about the season. Bennett, Snodgrass, Pilks & Redmond + Murphy if hes deemed first team regular ready as options on the wing sounds very attacking and positive to me.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Stew .. also he will want to show enthusiasm and WANT to play.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • .....Shove that 'm' in for me please someone....I must have got this tablet on the NHS !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • .....If Pills wants more game time he will have to be fit...fit to come into the reckoning...fit to play for 90ins...fit enough to fit into the managers plans!....Injuries happen in this 'sport'...It is important that recovery is fast and desired...Standards are high...The rewards are high...It really is down to the individual ..his carers, and his outlook!..... He may then be considered!!!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • LYB, you could also say the same about Chris Martin but therein lies the dilemma for any manager. Neil Adams probably has a good idea of who he wants on the left wing next season and who will provide cover. As supporters we can only go along with what the manager decides I am afraid.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I think he can be an excellent player and one who could have an important role to play next season. He needs to work hard in EVERY game to show he's worthy of being in the starting 11 and hopefully steer clear of injuries. Whether or not he features in Neil's plans will depend largely on whether or not he feels one of the youth team can fulfil his role.

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    Mr Ed

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • There's a very clear message implicit in Pilk's comments: He'll stay if he can expect a decent amount of game time. He was a key player in my eyes 20122013. Said many times, but it's a mistake writing off a talented player because he's had a lot of injuries. I was saying the same thing about James Vaughan before we sold him last year.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Without doubt the future of a number of the players will be up in the air, most will be hoping a Premiership club will come forward and match or beat their current pay packages. Pilks however spent so much time injured last season few if any are likely to risk paying big money for or to him I suspect. One thing is for sure, he will have to try a lot harder to break into the team next season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Strikes me that "Sicknote" is about the only person who is "unsure" if he'll be leaving us this summer!

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • As usual no new news from the EDP

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Good to see that Archant is doing its bit for recycling with this and the Wes Hoolahan articles!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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