Adam Drury last night revealed he turned down offers from home and abroad before agreeing a two-year deal with Championship club Leeds.

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"I had offers to go abroad or to other clubs, but Leeds was the stand out choice. I had other options, but the challenge of going to Leeds really appealed to me. "

Adam Drury

The Hall of Famer’s Carrow Road exit signalled the end of an era at Norwich City for the club’s longest-serving player. Drury had been offered a new Canaries’ contract by former boss Paul Lambert, but his 11-year association will officially end next month with his proposed Elland Road switch. The left-back completed a medical in Yorkshire yesterday and will be unveiled as Neil Warnock’s second signing of the summer on July 1.

“Leeds United is a great opportunity for me,” he said. “I had offers to go abroad or to other clubs, but Leeds was the stand out choice. I had other options, but the challenge of going to Leeds really appealed to me.

“My medical was on Tuesday morning, and it was weird really, because I haven’t had a medical for 11 years, so I was thinking, ‘What actually happens in these things?’ It was a similar sort of feeling I had to when I joined Norwich in 2001 –feelings of excitement at a fresh start. This was the first time I’ve met Neil Warnock, and it was good to hear what he had to say. I’ve played against his teams before and you know what you’re going to get. “He won’t settle for anything less than challenging for promotion, so he’ll want the same next season and it’s something I want to be part of.”

Drury’s loyal service to the Canaries was rewarded with a testimonial game that attracted nearly 19,000 fans to Carrow Road for Celtic’s visit in late May. The 33-year-old conceded it will be a huge wrench to leave that sort of support behind in Norfolk.

“The club have always been brilliant to me and I’d like to think I’ve done all right for the club in return,” he told City’s official site. “I’ve had 11 great years, but it had to come to an end at some point, and I’m happy to be leaving the club in a healthy position in the Premier League. Having a testimonial was a fantastic way to end things at Norwich City, and I could think of no better way to finish.

“I’ll always look to see how Norwich City get on - their result will always be the first result I look for, without doubt. Being a Norwich City player was a huge honour, and a part of my career that I’ll look back on with pride. It’s a wonderful club with an incredible set of supporters.

“My time at Carrow Road has come to an end, but I wish them all the best for the new season and a new era under Chris Hughton. Hopefully with the new manager it will keep things going the way they have been, which I’m sure it will.”

Hughton labelled the defender an ‘outstanding servant’ to the Canaries, after making 361 appearances for the club and being involved in three successful promotion campaigns during his career.

“I would like to wish Adam all the best for the coming season and in his future career,” said Hughton. “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 boss Warnock is confident Drury is just the character to help him restore former glories to the one-time European Cup finalists.

“He’s a very good professional,” he said. “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 (Jason Pearce) on that side as well so we can put that to bed now and move on to a different area.”

Warnock was delighted to finally land a player he had coveted since his days managing Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.

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

Drury admitted completing his own personal Premier League journey with the Canaries last season was a fitting end to a memorable 11-year cycle at the club.

“I honestly never thought I’d be back in the Premier League with Norwich after getting beaten 7-1 on the opening day of the League One season, which just goes to show what an amazing journey it has been,” said the defender. “There have been so many highlights when I look back, like winning the player-of-the-season award in 2003 for instance. That is a memory that really sticks out for me, and it means even more because it’s voted for by the fans.”

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30 comments

  • Pondlife, Dave thought it was spelt right the first time.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Did anyone else notice that England won all their International Cricket, Rugby & Football matches yesterday ? This was the second time all three teams have played and won on the same day. The only other time was on 8th September 2007 and all three England teams won on that day too. Maybe all three teams should play on the same day more often !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Very sorry to see AD moving on, but its probably right for both him and the club. Always best to leave on a high. Looking forward to hearing about new additions rather than departures. Seems likely than Holty will go. The rumoured new offer is very close to our supposed 6m valuation.

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Thanks Timbo for your kind comments.....Apologies to Mad Brewer i was not aware he had seen his best days! I am Norwich Gents and can isay what a splendid servant Mr Drury was,a fine chap......no Timbo im not that eccentric but i understand he fell on hard times and ended up in one of the awful council rest homes! Anyway onward and upward Chaps

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    dave123

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • It is sad that Adam has left City but I think it is the right move for him. Yes he may have wanted to stay on but with whatever plans Chris Hughton has for new players, Adam would have dropped down the pecking order. This way he leaves with dignity and will always be remembered for his fantastic service to the club; a true ambassador!! I wish him the very best at Leeds.

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • I suppose if Colin`s cut him a good deal, it`s fair enough. Apparently, the Playa at Cleckheaton is as good as any in Benidorm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Dave? You weren't the aristocratic Norwich fan who used to post on the AOL boards about 7 years ago were you, perchance? He was hysterical. He called himself Lord Haw-Haw or something similar. He once arranged to meet a mini-bus load of Leicester fans in the Mischief + lay on beer + roast beef butties for them. Don't know if they turned up....PS: I think Brewer is retired so has earned his right to post to his heart's content. Not sure about Pondy.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Most of the comments on Sky Sports are from people complaining about Warnock signing a player over 30. They have no idea how lucky they are: this guy is solid as a rock!!

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Looks like the Mods agree with 123; ethered. TVM cdu & Timbo. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • Rest assured your posts are welcome and well received by most of us on here MB and Pondlife. The close season would be even more dull without you! You're not a mate of Ged or that Ape from the Villa are you dave123?

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • I`m not quite senile yet, d123. I still have most of my hair, teeth and marbles. My spelling and syntax are usually quite good too, I`m told. Though there is no denying that I am ******g boring! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • And before you complain dave123, "benifit" was a typo it was of course "for your benefit"

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Thanks Timbo- I merely questioned the amount of spare time Pondlife and Brewer had! Perhaps some charity work or grasscutting on my 7 acre Lawn??? As regards the Sandwichs thats a no no,i insist on a 6 course washed down with a bottle of the finest.

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    dave123

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Dave- judging by your witty screen-sig + hysterically funny comments about Brewer + Pondy, I'll take a guess + say you're an accountant or maths teacher? Personally, I find 90% of the people who post on here to be very good company. Who cares if comments aren't always directly about NCFC or even football? PS: I bet when you go to CR, you take a flask + sandwiches to avoid paying Delia's " ridiculously inflated catering prices"......I know, I know ....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • dave123, I have no intention of `going away`, and if I did have before, I certainly do not now. Lighten up. My comment on West Ham`s rumoured offer was `football-related, wasn`t it? Don`t you like a bit of whimsy now and then, or are you totally humourless?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • That`s made two stories out of one, and then some. You can`t beat a bit of cutting & pasting or whatever!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • This morning`s BBC "Gossip Column" carries the story that West Ham have upped their bid for Holty to £5.5 million. Is that getting interesting? Then, where would we get a new Holty for that? Anyway he`s a one-off. He should stay! Give him another year! Though I expect Sam "Fred Flintstone" Allardyce can offer him a better wage packet.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • What a great move for Adam - my thanks to him for all he has done for us over the past 11 years and I wish him all the very best. Just noticed on club website that Andrew Surman has signed new 3 year contract, which is good news. As a suggestion to the Archant scribes, how about publishing a list of the contractual situation of the professional players at the club? I am sure that there are many like me who would find this most interesting and informative.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • I'd rather our club try and be financially safe and out of debt than waste £64K a week on players. Wie've proven with our budget it can be done and what happens to Reading and West Ham if they get relegated? They'll be massively in debt and end up like Portsmouth. Spending all that money doesn't guarantee survival in the Prem.

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Also all the best to Drury, still can't believe he has gone. Seeing him in a Leeds kit will look so wrong and weird.

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Adam: Going to Leeds is like going abroad but without the weather.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Dave123. Apologies that my musings do not match the erudite insightfulness and literary intellect that football deserves. So for your benifit I am over the moon with Adam's new role. Sick as a parrot when I heard the news but a footballer's career is a game of two halves and I am sure he will take each game as it comes. There is no such things as an easy game in the championship; Leeds are a big club and should be in Europe.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • West Ham certainly will pay higher wages than us. Reading are reportedly ready to pay Pavel Pogrebnyak £65K-a-week if he joins them. That's four times the amount NCFC's best-paid player supposedly earns. It's tough to compete in these conditions, which is why Lambert jumped ship.

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    troublesome1

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Hi, Timbo. Yes, I`m retired. Reluctantly. & `Mrs` MB is no longer around to make me do something useful, so I try to amuse total strangers with a bit of whimsy, not always with success, `twould seem! Thanks for your kind comments, cdunder. Earlier this year, one of the regular posters, think it was`yarco`, suggested NCFC should award me a Season Ticket for services to blogging. Now it`s come to light that dave123 is on the Rich List, maybe he could sponsor a cuppa and one of Delia`s pies for me too? On football (!); I agree with Rogers of Norwich that the King of Spain is fine as a left back; I think, when Peter Grant signed him, it was primarily for that role. I thought I`d posted such comments but maybe it was another stream, or was even ethered? What worries me is that Mad Marc might leave and our previous manager might want Lapps as translator @ All No Vista. There was that mysterious cloud hanging over MM last season........ Leeds have got a good guy in Ads, alright. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • Great signing for Leeds - who'd wanna be a right winger in the champ next season. Also, in Mad Mark and the King of Spain, cover already exists at LB...

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Well, 123 is landed gentry then..must have been out hunting the day they did spelling...

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • MadbrewerPondlife. Get a job or somthing your comments are Boring and have little to do with NCFC.

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    dave123

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Did anyone else notice that England won all their International Cricket, Rugby & Football matches yesterday ? This was the second time all three teams have played and won on the same day. The only other time was on 8th September 2007 and all three England teams one on that day too. Maybe all three teams should play on the same day more often !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • What a great move for Adam - my thanks to him for all he has done for us over the past 11 years and I wish him all the very best. Just noticed on club website that Andrew Surman has signed new 3 year contract, which is good news. As a suggestion to the Archant scribes, how about publishing a list of the contractual situation of the professional players at the club? I am sure that there are many like me who would find this most interesting and informative.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Well, 123 is landed gentry then..must have been out hunting the day they did spelling...

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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