Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett has signed a two-year contract extension keeping him at Carrow Road until 2016.

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Bennett is currently sidelined after undergoing knee ligament surgery following the opening day Premier League draw against Everton. The 24-year-old will not return until the New Year but the Telford-bred midfielder revealed last night he is delighted at the faith shown in him by the club’s hierarchy.

“Obviously I wasn’t expecting it being injured, but it’s fantastic,” he said. “I appreciate the support of everyone at the club, right from the fans to everyone here. Hopefully I can repay their faith in me once I’m back fit. It’s been a great two years so far and what we’ve achieved in that time has been absolutely brilliant. Hopefully we can do as well as that, and maybe aim a little bit higher as well.”

Bennett has made 64 senior appearances for the club since joining from Brighton ahead of City’s return to the Premier League in 2011. Norwich boss Chris Hughton believes the wide midfielder’s contract extension can provide a major fitnes boost in his recovery from a long-term injury.

“It’s nice timing for Elliott as he’s going through a big chunk of the season injured, so it just shows that we have that faith in him,” Hughton told the club’s official site. “He’s such a good individual, so we feel he’ll be fine coming through. We’re really delighted for Elliott and he thoroughly deserves it. We all know about the injury he picked up in the first game of the season against Everton, so I’ll say particular thanks to our chief executive, the chairman and the board, who were very much in support of this.”

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6 comments

  • Spot on DC, sorry Willem but think you have read it wrong. Benno is always first name of Hoots teamsheet.

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    blackdog2

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Yeah fair play to the James Milner clone. All the best in recovery

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    bonesy

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. The only thing I can recall is that he scored a good goal away at Spurs, even then he looked sheepish. Can't work that one out, I thought he was a goner.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Willem, look at the other side of the psychology here - Benno is sidelined, injured and out of the game for 3-4 months at the beginning of the PL season. For a very promising, keen as mustard 24 year old he must be absolutely gutted that he is missing the first half of the season. Mentally he is probably in a pretty bad place dealing with the injury lay-off and the long recovery period. By reaching out and making this jesture the club will have done his confidence and morale a whole power of good. Knowing that he is wanted, needed and appreciated will give him every motivation to repay the faith that has been shown. I am sure he will be keener than ever now to recover and get back to full fitness. Therefore I think this could prove to be a pretty smart move.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • blackdog, only in the realm of all things yellow and green is there a 'right or wrong' about suggesting the principles behind the timing of the deal, and what does being first on the teamsheet have to do with anything? Nobody should have a guaranteed spot and should have to impress to get straight back into a side after a long term injury. I suggested that it could increase his motivation to work for a new contract, DC countered with it could motivate him to have been shown desirable faith. Who knows which one will have been the most motivational, except for you of course, Mr. Bennett a.k.a blackdog2.

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    Willem

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Nice news for such a hard working and honest player, but I can't help thinking that a new contract and inevitably a pay rise should've been used as motivation for him to work extra hard to get back to full fitness and impress as soon as possible? I'm sure he'll work hard and nothing against him personally but from a principles point of view it doesn't really make much sense.

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    Willem

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

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