Norwich City aim to keep Wes Hoolahan for the long haul

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is in contract talks with the Canaries. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is in contract talks with the Canaries. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, August 7, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City have opened contract talks with Wes Hoolahan to keep the Republic of Ireland international at Carrow Road beyond the new season.

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Hoolahan is one of a number of senior players entering the final year of current deals but reports earlier this week the Dubliner was poised to pledge his future to the club until 2017 are wide of the mark, with discussions still on-going between both parties.

Defender Ryan Bennett signed a new longer term contract in recent days and Neil Adams made it clear during pre-season he wants the likes of Hoolahan and fellow midfielder Andrew Surman to play major roles in City’s Championship promotion bid.

The 32-year-old appeared ready to leave after a public fall-out with the Canaries in January, which saw a transfer request rejected following firm interest from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

Hoolahan was a peripheral figure in Norwich Premier League relegation struggle under previous manager Chris Hughton, making just 10 Premier League starts, but City’s longest-serving player is now firmly back in the fold under Adams.

“Wes knows what I think of him. He is a fabulous player and we have seen that in the pre-season games. On his day he is unplayable,” said the City boss, speaking about his playmaker only last week. “His application this summer has been excellent.

“He is happy. I have spoken to him numerous times, as you do to a player you want to keep and I make no bones about that. I want to keep Wes Hoolahan because I know what he can do. He is playing in a position that suits him.”

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17 comments

  • …..Brew just having a break from the garden!....It's hot out there!....If and when our manager can find someone else to bring our team together more effectively than Wes...then that will be the time to drop \ replace \ substitute him...Our previous manager tried to replace an artist with a painter and decorator..with dire results!....No one! ..not even myself does everything right all the time...so I am told!...debatable!....Only a fool throws the baby out with the bathwater!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • My turn to be blocked, Mattias.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I think when the meeja exploited Wes`s alleged lack of goal celebration at Villa, it all helped to paint the false picture of a malcontent. Add to that the comment he allegedly made comparing the club to a lava@orial establishment, and Wes was being demonized. He is our longest serving senior player and has been terrific for the most part, certainly during the Lambert era. He responded brilliantly to Lambert`s criticism of his fitness (Easter egg shaped...) and was a tremendous foil for Holty. The ephemeral demonization of Wes could only have happened in the tox!c environment created by the club`s dire management team. Long Live Wessi! (Is that all right, Stew?)... How could anyone `hate` Wes??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Holty was commenting on how key Wes is to NCFC this season on his social media outlet last night. Bet he misses playing with old Wessy. Least Wigan have been kind enough to let Holty play with players the same height as Wes in the youth team.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Last Friday against Celta Vigo Wes looked sharp and also looked to be enjoying himself which is something we haven't seen in a long time. Let's hope he signs as that can only be good news.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Agree Brew but just cant see it happening now. Think Villa with Lambert was his last chance of playing in the Premier League with someone other than NCFC. Reality is, like with us last season, most teams in the lower half of the Prem cant afford to play a luxury player in the shape of Wes. Its either set up to contain 75% of the time and cant play Wes or set up to shock teams (in true Lambert style a few years back) but still not really be able to deploy Wes how he needs and no top half Prem club will be looking at him. The championship is a different story though. What I will say though to the Wes haters is he will the ball at times. Deal with it. I never have any issues with Wes losing the ball in their half nearer their area because its always through trying to make a chance, find a hole, exploit a weakness. If he was losing it near our penalty area, leading to a goal from the other side (like someone who will remain nameless in the spirit of positivity) then we'd have a problem. He cant make the magic happen everytime he gets the ball and thats what people seem to expect. If he could, then he wouldnt be playing for NCFC, thats for sure. More often than not though he plays a ball no other player at this club could do and helps make a chance. He's in the final years of getting the very best from him and boy do we need the best of him this season. Fingers crossed OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Hoolahan and Surman are both crucial to the team as they provide the creativity to make space and unlock defences. The philosophy to attack and the systems Adams is employing is, I think, being built very much around their skills and vision. I feel O'Neill will help address the frailties we still exhibit in defence, so the team balance is starting to look good. We can also produce pace down the flanks and without Snodgrass to slow things down and muddle things up by cutting inside all the time, we should have more pace and create much more space across the pitch.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I suppose if a lower Prem team came after Wes, you couldn`t blame him for being tempted. He`s in the evening of his career, and to hit paydirt at this time would do wonders for his Pension pot. Like cutty, I`m a bit concerned. Not half as concerned as Uncle Stew, I`ll wager...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The Championship really is Wes's level in most respects in that he is far more likely to be used most games as teams play to win, so it is up to him to demonstrate just how good he can be. I just hope a Premiership club does not snap him up at the last moment so would point out to Wes, if he wants regular games then this is the manager and club for him.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The club and the local news media seem to be doing all they can to get Wes to sign but he seems to be taking his time, a bit worrying. Just hope there are no last minute tempting offers from else where.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Lobbo, are you suggesting that when Wes retires, he could be put out to pasture on Stew`s Country Estate, Pydsodd Manor? Pheasants to pluck, root vegetables to... root out, dumplings galore... For you, I`d buy E. Benno - subject to his performing well in training... I`ll be pleased when\if we get confirmation that Wes has put pen to paper. Yours peripherally, Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • …..I'm not in love, Lobbo!....but I've been around long enough to distinguish the difference between a Derby winner and a carthorse!....we have had this winner with us, but he has not been given the chance to pull this side together for far too long!... We've got rid of the carthorse!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Sign him up quickly, our most creative player with a great work ethic. The player to build your team around, don't let him walk for god's sake.

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    b arclay

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • 'Stew', when he's done and is just a spent cartridge, I would like to start a whip round and buy him all for you.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • .....Well it is early, el dingo!... He has to space these stories out!.....and leaves the best till last!....Come on together..I'll lend you my pen!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • You beat me to it, el dingo. This deal is not done & dusted yet; earlier reports being "wide of the mark" (aka "inaccurate")... Good to see `the likes of` that reliable old standby "peripheral" getting a start.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • He must have heard you Stew...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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