Elliott Bennett teams up again with Lambert at Blackburn

Elliott Bennett of Norwich and David Davis of Birmingham in action during the Sky Bet Championship m

Elliott Bennett of Norwich and David Davis of Birmingham in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrews, BirminghamPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026731/01/2015 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City completed their first piece of business of the January transfer window on Tuesday night when they sold Elliott Bennett to Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old has teamed up again with Paul Lambert, the man who brought him to Norwich in the summer of 2011 and recently took charge at Ewood Park.

Bennett has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Lancashire club and is expected to go straight into Rovers' squad for Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Newport County.

The wide man has spent most of this season on loan at Rovers' Sky Bet Championship rivals Bristol City after finding himself down the pecking order at Carrow Road. He made 15 appearances for the Robins, who were keen to extend his stay at Ashton Gate before Lambert declared his interest.

The Telford-born player started his career at Wolves but made his name at Brighton and Hove Albvion, where he scored 17 goals in exactly 100 appearances before joined the Canaries following their promotion to the Premier League under Lambert.

He was a regular starter in the 2011-12 campaign and enjoyed perhaps his finest moment in a Norwich shirt at White Hart Lane when his brilliant long-range strike earned the Canaries a memorable 2-1 victory over Spurs.

The following campaign under Chris Hughton saw him used more as a squad player, with just 12 starts and 16 further appearances off the bench.

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Bennett started the first game of 2013-14, a 2-2 home draw against Everton, but he picked up a serious knee injury and didn't play again until he came on as a substitute in the Canaries' final game of the campaign, a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Once back to full fitness Bennett found himself on the fringes of first team, and made only 12 appearances last term.

A spell back at Brighton on loan gave him some extra first team football, before he returned to Carrow Road and made the bench as City beat Ipswich 3-1 in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Carrow Road.

This season he only played in the Capital One Cup and made what turned out to be his final appearance for Norwich in the 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on September 23. He ended up making 79 appearances for City (43 starts), scoring three goals.

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