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‘It will be strange to leave this club after 10 great years’ – Hoolahan pens emotional open letter to Canaries fans

PUBLISHED: 12:15 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 23 April 2018

Wes Hoolahan celebrates giving Norwich City the lead against Ipswich Town in the Championship playoff semi-final at Carrow Road in 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wes Hoolahan celebrates giving Norwich City the lead against Ipswich Town in the Championship playoff semi-final at Carrow Road in 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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As his Norwich City exit is confirmed, Canaries icon Wes Hoolahan has penned an open letter to supporters ahead of his final game in yellow and green.

After 351 appearances and 53 goals across 10 seasons the Irishman will be given a fitting send off at Carrow Road when City host Leeds in their final home Championship game of the season.

Here is the legendary playmaker’s open letter...

It’s been a great 10 years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at this club and it’s going to be an emotional day on Saturday against Leeds. I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got a lot of family coming over and hopefully they will enjoy the day out and hopefully we’ll get the win as well.

I spoke to my family last week and it will be great to have them over. I just want then to enjoy it because they can’t wait. My 10 years have been brilliant, with a lot of ups and downs. To get promoted three times and to have played in the Premier League for four years means that Saturday is going to be an amazing day for everybody involved.

For the last 10 years, the fans have been amazing with me. Every time I’ve come off the pitch or come on from the bench they’ve always roared me on. I’ve really enjoyed the experience we’ve had with them. Hopefully it will be one last great day for the fans on Saturday and everyone will enjoy it.

There are a couple of moments that really stand out for me. Against Portsmouth, when Simeon Jackson got us the goal to take us to the Premier League, with David Fox whipping a great ball into the box – it was just brilliant to see the ball go in to win the game.

And Wembley. To play in a game of that magnitude and to have all eleven players on the pitch play their best games in such a complete performance as we won was amazing. It was really enjoyable, and what a great day out it was for the fans too. It had been a tough season before, having been relegated, so to see so many there in such huge numbers was amazing.

On Saturday, the most important thing is to win the game by putting in a good performance. I’d love to score against Leeds to finish it off on a high but it would make the day a lot better if we won. It would be great to go out on a high with a home win for the fans.

It will be strange to leave this club after 10 great years but you have to move on. The fans have been amazing to me, the club have been great and I’m going to miss the place. I just want to say to the fans ‘thanks for the support’, because they’ve been amazing.

Even through the downs, they’ve always turned out. In my first year here we were relegated but then you’d walk out into a League One game in front of 26,000 fans. It’s one of the best clubs in the country and the support is always brilliant.

It’s been amazing. Sometimes you don’t think the day will come where you leave, but the time has come and I look forward to the next challenge. It goes by so quickly. The first day I came here I was training under Glenn Roeder, and now it’s with Daniel Farke.

Time flies, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. See you on Saturday,

Wes.

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