Darren Huckerby leads tributes as Norwich City legend Adam Drury retires

Adam Drury, who has retired from football. Photo by Simon Finlay

Adam Drury, who has retired from football. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Former Norwich City defender Adam Drury has announced his retirement at the age of 36.

The popular left back has decided to call time on his career after failing to find a club following his release by Leeds United at the end of last season.

'After 18 years living my childhood dream of being a professional footballer the time has come to call it a day and retire,' he said on his Facebook page.

'I have to say a massive thank-you to the clubs, staff and fans that I have been lucky enough to play for and in front of. It has been a privilege.

'Also a big thanks to all the team-mates that I have met along the way, many of whom I now call friends.'

He added: 'It has been a fantastic journey and it would not have been possible without the support of my family and best friends who have been there with me through the many ups and downs that football brings. A special mention goes to Hel and the kids who have helped all my dreams come true and so much more.

'It has been a magical journey so far and as one door closes another opens. Let the new adventures begin!'

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Drury gave the Canaries superb service after joining the club from Peterborough United for a reported £500,000 in 2001.

Signed by Nigel Worthington, he went on to play 361 times for City, scoring four goals.

During his time with the club they reached a Championship play-off final at Cardiff and, as captain, he was also was a key part of the side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2004. He eventually moved on to Leeds in the summer of 2012 but only made 18 appearances for the club, with injuries often hampering his cause. The final football of his career came during a loan spell at Bradford City last season.

tributes have begun to pour in on Twitter.

Close friend and former team-mate Darren Huckerby tweeted from @hucks6dh6: 'Bandy legs but a true #Ncfc legend #leftsidepartner'. He added: 'Adam Drury, It was a privilege playing in front of you; one of the best 1v1 defenders I've ever seen, Championship winning captain #TopBloke.'

John Ruddy (@johnruddy86) said: 'Just heard the news of Adam Drury's retirement. Proud to have been his teammate. #mrconsistent #ncfclegend.'

Michael Nelson (@mnelse6) said: 'It was an absolute pleasure playing alongside Adam Drury. The best full back & 1v1 defender I have played with #thoushallnotpass #bowlegs.'