Norwich City defender Adam Drury has agreed a two-year deal with Championship side Leeds United starting on July 1.

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The 33-year old, who was rewarded with a testimonial match against Celtic in May, has spent 11 years at Carrow Road since joining back in 2001 from Peterborough, and has amassed 361 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries, scoring four goals.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official website: “I would like to wish Adam all the best for the coming season and in his future career.

“He has been an outstanding servant to Norwich City, and I was very aware of what he had done for the club before I arrived here.

“For a player to be at a club for 11 years, and to play so many games in that time is a very rare thing and a truly outstanding achievement.”

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is delighted to welcome the left back to his squad.

“From July 1 he will be our player and he’s a player I’ve looked at for many years,” said the boss.

“He’s a very good professional. I think he’s a good defender, he’s quick and I thought we needed a bit of experience in certain places, and that desire and will. And with Adam you know what you’re going to get.

“I’m delighted to have him. He’s got the experience we need. He played 16 times for Norwich last season and he’s better than a lot of full backs in the Premier League.

“He’s a good lad. That’s half the battle as well. It gives us a good mix because we’ve got young Pearcey on that side as well so we can put that to bed now and move on to a different area.

“When you speak to him he’s full of enthusiasm and when you get released from a club you want to prove people wrong.

“There’s a few times I’ve wanted to kick him over the years! We’ve always had a rapport when my teams have played against him and I think he knows I’ve always respected him.

“I tried to sign him at Sheffield United a few years back and it wasn’t to be, but I’ve kept my eye on him ever since. He’ll love it here. You can’t play with fear at Elland Road and I think Adam will enjoy that part.”

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48 comments

  • Well, that is a shame. I believe he had been offered another 1 year contract at City, but I suppose 2 years is better at his age. Not that a footballer of 15 or so seasons service is going to be short of security in real terms. Testimonials are a bit anachronistic in that respect, unless the proceeds are going to a designated Charity. A surprising departure, which leaves us even weaker in the full-back dept. Now even more focus on reported recruitment targets like Chris Gunter, or on potential departures like Tierney. The very best of luck to Adam Drury. Fine fellow. Over to you, Mr. Hughton. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Good grief; a civilised contribution ethered again. Good luck, Adam.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • hi cabbie.why did his agent lie to you?

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, Adam, for all you have done for our club. Your concistenscy, professionalism and devotion has been fantastic - as well as the very solid play on the pitch.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • I just hope we get some defenders in soon. A bit depleted in the FB dept., specially if Naughton & Tierney depart. I`m starting to fret now.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Firstly let me say I love Adam Drury and I wish him well. But Leeds??? Really Leeds? as in Leeds united? I feel like I just caught my wife cheating on me. Good luck Adam, you were and are a legend for us. But now you play for Leeds we can only remember the good times. Hey at least its not Villa or Ipswich... only a few steps worse though mind!

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    Big Red

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • What a great servant Adam has been for our club,I wish him well

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Better bellicose than comatose MB. No, I just decided that the board needed livening up closed season + the glut (should that be gut?) of big-headed Brummies on here, gave me the excuse I needed ! As always Brewer, you are Captain Sensible...Shalom.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • disappointed to see him leave, its just a shame that he has gone to dirty leeds

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    lordyfan

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Good luck to one of the most loyal servants the club has had. No doubt Hucks would have put him right about Leeds and in the absence of a 2 year deal (why?)from us its not a bad move from him. It does seem that Hughton may be following the same line as Lambert was going down with Drury - mistake in my book.

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    BankontheBarclay

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Give CH a break! The fact that AD was not offered a decent contract would have been in place long before CH arrived. If CH is getting this much grief now, heaven help him if we lose a match. Come on people - cut some slack and give support

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    john doe

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Good move for Adam and a well deserved two-year deal. So, we've now lost two very good defenders, an area we were already weak in. Ayala to Villa next? Anyone want Ward? No? Please...

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    troublesome1

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Yes, like Zak & Wilby, it was almost all done and dusted pre-Hoots. Albeit Adam was apparently offered a year on terms that did not suit his needs. Good luck to him, I hope he gets on OK with Colin. ;-) Now we must get the back four dept sorted pronto. If Kyle Naughton leaves we`re very thin on the ground-R. Martin and Francomb at RB. The King of Spain also must be first-choice left back the way things stand. Not too worried about that; Lapps is fine, but he`ll also be the ONLY choice at left-back! Or is Marc "I will never play for Norwich" Tierney staying? Rumours that Gunter`s gonta Villa (maybe with `Grasshopper` Naughton?). Of course, Hoots was a fair full-back in his day..... OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Time we gave our feeder club back a player we've finished with. We'll take Snodgrass in exchange...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Gutted to see him go, can't quite believe it as I always thought he'd finish his career with NCFC. Although I hate Neil Warnock with a passion, I wish Drury all the best.

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    ImDrunky

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • drury and warnock are like chalk and cheese...i can't see the mild mannered juke box responding well to the bully boy, bad tempered approach of warnock...shame to lose him, and to such a tosspot too.

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    jellybean

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Willy the turf accountant. Adam may have wanted to go to a bigger club, but at this stage of his career it was unlikely one would come in for him so Leeds are probably the next best thing -able to afford him and grateful for a good player at knock down rates

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Wonder if we will recognise any of the players by the start of the season. Still Adam has been a great player for Norwich and I wish him all the best for his future playing career.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Excellent move for our stalwart defender, and Mrs Butcher and I wish him very good luck

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • I am a bit disappointed at the negative comments that are already emerging aimed at Hughton. In all fairness Drury will always be our golden boy but he was only ever a 'as and when we need him' player. He has been a great servant for the club and someone spending THAT length of time at any team is a minor miracle these days! I wish him well but I hope that people aren't already gunning for Hughton's blood when the guy hasn't even had the chance to do anything!!

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Mad Brewer, haven`t the cub stated that it will spend during the summer? I presume a decent left back is high on the wishing list then. Whether he will be as decent as Drury - well...

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • ethered, RobSCN. It may reappear somewhere, someday. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • Wants to play for a bigger club

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • As many have said gutted to see him go as not many true professionals such as AD about; I doubt wew we will again see such a stalwart staying 11 years with the club. Sorry wisemanthree but for most of last season, ok to start with maybe due to injury to MT, I do not feel he was "as and when we need him player" and I had hoped he would have been given some deal to stay but that is not to be. Warnock is not one of favourite managers but it shows he has some skills in taking AD. I wish Adam all the best and hope he has an injury free two years - glad he had the testimonial. As for the comments against CH let's give him a chance, after all I remember the comments about PL when he let the Doc go so lets be positive and give the man a chance. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Oh Mr Hughton what were you thinking - this guy has been and would have continued to be a loyal and decent player. I know running a football team is a business, but this really is beyond the pale...... how many more will be allowed to go without being given a chance at the beginning of the season. You haven't even seen any of them play - if the King of Spain is on your list to go then you can truly say Goodbye to support.

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    Viv

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Gutted to see him go, can't quite believe it as I always thought he'd finish his career with NCFC. Although I hate Neil Warnock with a passion, I wish Drury all the best.

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    ImDrunky

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • So very sorry to see Adam go. He has been a superb player for the club and richly deserved his testimonial against Celtic in the Summer. I wish him all the best at Leeds.

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    Canarygirl

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Give CH a break! The fact that AD was not offered a decent contract would have been in place long before CH arrived. If CH is getting this much grief now, heaven help him if we lose a match. Come on people - cut some slack and give support

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    john doe

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • apparantly he wanted to finish his career at a big club

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    canarycabbie

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Good luck to one of the most loyal servants the club has had. No doubt Hucks would have put him right about Leeds and in the absence of a 2 year deal (why?)from us its not a bad move from him. It does seem that Hughton may be following the same line as Lambert was going down with Drury - mistake in my book.

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    BankontheBarclay

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Timbo, you seem to have become a tad bellicose of late. Are you OK, old pal? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Pondlife, don't feed the troll! Good luck Adam, all the best.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Good luck Adam - Great servant to the club! Shame I had to hear it from my brother in law (LUFC Fan) before I read it here. Do we have a replacement? Could we not be bothered to offer him a decent contract? Have NCFC made any offers on players or is CH still watching the DVDs? OTBC!!!!

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    JMH

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • The word "legend" is used far too frequently these days but it's a word that definitely applies to Adam Drury. A true, loyal Canary team member. Thanks, Adam, and hope all goes well for you.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Should have read "my" aupport

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    Viv

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • ethered again

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Farewell Adam and good luck. You'll be missed. At his best he was our equivalent to Dennis Irwin, as in you always really noticed when he made a mistake because he made so few.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • RobSCN; it`s all "Outs" and no "Ins" so far. Now BBC Gossip Column has it that Ruddy`s on his way to.......Villa. If all rumours turn out to be true, Holt, Tierney, Ruddy, Ayala, Whitbread, Pilkington, Little Benno and Lapps are all going to `All No Vista` (Lapps as translator). Oh, plus Cully & Karsa.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • Good luck Adam, hope you like whippets and pipe smoking!

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    rupertjames

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Drury's fate was already decided by Paul Lambert and McNarly NOT Hughton. He was offered 1 yr deal cos of age, at cut price. He didnt sign, looked at other options, 3 clubs came up, he thought Leeds were better offer, he chose and went, without even meeting Hughton. Deal with Leeds was done before Hughton joined, just details were being ironed out. Good luck to Drury, Good luck to Hughton, OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Good luck and thank you Adam. Playing for Leeds? Playing for Warnock? As I said good luck, I genuinely hope it actually does work out for you.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • I hoped he might finish his career at Norwich. Shame he is going but I wish him well. Leeds are getting a quality defender.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • i am a cabbie and i picked his agent up last week he told meadam would be joining one of englands top clubs

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    canarycabbie

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Mad Brewer, haven`t the cub stated that it will spend during the summer? I presume a decent left back is high on the wishing list then. Whether he will be as decent as Drury - well...

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • I don't think this is a bad move for Adam. He has been a great servant to Norwich City and we will all wish him well.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Adam has been a great servant and its a chance for Adam to get some regular football next season.We have lacked pace in the full back and flanks, hopefully Hughton has already seen this and has replacements lined up, we got a good transfer budget for next season and I for one think exciting times are ahead. OTBC

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    CanaryCitizen

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • What a great servant Adam has been for our club,I wish him well

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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