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Wes Hoolahan ‘determined’ to make Premier League return with Norwich City

06:30 23 December 2014

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich applauds the traveling support at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the Ipro Stadium, Derby. 
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Wes Hoolahan of Norwich applauds the traveling support at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the Ipro Stadium, Derby. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan says he is ‘more determined than ever’ to return to the Premier League this season.

The Irishman ended an eight-week injury exile when he came off the substitutes bench and set up Lewis Grabban for City’s final goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield earlier this month.

The 32-year-old was again introduced from the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Derby and is looking to kick on now that he has recovered from an ankle injury picked up in a 1-0 loss at Fulham in October.

“I got a feel for it over the last three years and you get a taste for it, going to these places, Anfield and Old Trafford,” Hoolahan said.

“It’s a special experience to play away to United or Liverpool, as a kid you dream of playing in the Premier League in England.

“We’ve had a few months of Championship football now and I am more determined than ever to get back into the Premier, play in those big games again, against the top teams and the top players.”

The Republic of Ireland international is City’s longest-serving current player with 227 appearances to his name, ahead of Russell Martin who has played in 204 games.

City boss Neil Adams previously told the media his coaches had to prevent an eager Hoolahan from starting training again too early and the playmaker – who extended his contract until the summer of 2016 at the start of this season – admitted he couldn’t wait to start playing again.

“I was just desperate to get back,” Hoolahan added, talking to Irish newspaper The Herald. “I was told it would be 8-10 weeks before I could even train but after five weeks I felt good and felt confident so I wanted to get back into things.

“I was there kicking balls on the training ground even when they didn’t want me to, I just kept pushing myself as I wanted to get back out there, I wanted to play, help the team and help the club, but the physois did great work to get me right again.”

19 comments

  • Sorry but prior to Wes getting injured we had won one, draw one and lost two of our previous four games. The slump had therefore started whilst he was a regular in the side and not after he got injured! I personally don't think that he's been missed too much. However, with more movement up front these days and a new coach in place he could maybe start to prove his worth and re discover his old form? OTBC

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • Seem to recall NA saying he did not pick Wes for those crucial fixtures at end of last season because they were not his kind of games. All forgiven I guess and Wes even celebrates scoring now. Been looking back at what happens to Champ teams once Boxing Day is over. High incidence of leaders going on to autospots often with other teams in top three. Less than 40 pts post Xmas and you are looking at playoffs. Couple of winnable fixtures coming up that will tell us much about what to expect for the remainder of season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Been watching some of the u21's game v Chelsea,4-0 down at mo.Defence all over the place.Rudd in goal,no Garrido or Miquel.poor performance really and can see why murphy's not been on the bench lately.Dont think any of those playing will trouble the first team!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • In response to " release the Brewer ", Archant....please don't bother.

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    canary_canuck

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I am of the understanding that the one they call the brewer is being held incommunicado in an underground cavern deep below Rouen Road. It is believed that the brewer has discovered a vaulted mediaeval crawlway linking the cavern to Golden Ball Street as The Woolpack Inn is reporting a surprisingly fast turn around on their kegs of real ale, but a large deficit on their sales figures.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • note to Obi wan , weather or whether ? first one outside,

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Yes four points off the last play off spot, but only 7 away from the automatic promotion spot. Wouldn't want to be looking over my shoulder at a resurgent Norwich climbing the table. Would you ? Dont worry about Brewer, he enjoys this time of the year and usually returns in fine fettle !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I do not come on here very often now due to a lot of drivel that appeared at various times, so to come back and see the remarks about Mad Brewer has me mystified, can someone please explain to me? Just what has he done?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • He's a championship player at best,but he is a grafter.pity he cant tackle and kick with his right foot sometimes,suppose we cant have everything!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • At present a play-off place looks the more likely - a day out at the new Wembley would be something to cherish - and promotion would be the icing on the cake! But a lot of work to do yet and we are playing catch-up being four points off the final play-off spot. But if we can now go on a run and string a few more wins together we can get here.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Yes, if only he did not get knocked off the ball or give the ball away cheaply 2 out of every 3 times he gets it.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Wes has grit, determination and enthusiasm in abundance and that is why so many fans love him. If only we could get a few more of the team to show the same spirit then we will be back up there without doubt.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Spot on STEW he must stay here. I know one man doesn't make a team but, by god he has shown us what we have been missing since his return. On a different note have the BBC and ITV in the east forgotten that we do have a Club here in Norwich?

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Release the Brew!

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    norfolkngood

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Blarst me ole bewty, reckun yew'll give them Lunduners a good sotin-owt, merk moy Chrismas ole partner. I've culled me Roblets, shucked me peas, and larst Tewsdey I sparged me wort so I'm all set for a good un.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • .....Well!...if anyone can do it it will be Wes!...The whole team has a shape when he is on the field!...Don't let Lambert turn your head in the direction of the Midlands,Wes!...and I say to Neil Adams and our board "Make sure he stays!".... You know it makes sense!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Super Wesi, great attitude, great player. Not surprising Norwich's mini slump coincided with Wes being out with an injury?

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Archant or whoever is withholding him - please release the Brewer !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Great attitude from Wes !! Hoping for a real Boxing Day goal feast against Millwall. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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