Gill weighing up his next move following Norwich City exit

Matt Gill has praised Canaries boss Paul Lambert – for the way he handled his exit from Carrow Road.

Gill has been released after two years at City, although his departure was comforted by Lambert's ringing endorsement.

'The manager said he'd do whatever he could to help me and give me a good reference,' said Gill. 'I can't speak highly enough of him – and he never played me! I can't give him high enough praise. He was fantastic with me.'

Lambert described Gill as 'a top, top pro', adding: 'As good as I have seen, and that's the highest compliment I can give him.'

Gill was signed in the summer of 2009, but was rarely used by Lambert, making just a dozen league appearances and spending time out on loan to former club Peterborough and League One strugglers Walsall.

Walsall could now become a permanent employer as he contemplates his next move. Gill has spoken to Walsall boss Dean Smith and Paul Tisdale at Exeter, where he spent three and a half years before joining Norwich, while Bristol Rovers are also interested.

Smith could well be the favourite to land the 30-year-old.

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'I absolutely loved my time there and I'd love to play for the gaffer if things are right,' said Gill. 'I've got a decision to make.

'Dean is someone I'd love to play for. My agent has spoken to Dean and he really turned it round there – I'm so chuffed they stayed up.

'I've also spoken to other clubs, a few in League One and another in League Two – that's where I'm at.

'I've spoken to Exeter and had a few conversations with Tis (Paul Tisdale).

'It's (Walsall) not going to be foreign to me because I've been there before. It's the same with Exeter because Tis is still manager and Rob Edwards is coach. They are very similar and I know what to expect – I'm going to have to think about it.

'I had three-and-a-half years there (Exeter) with two promotions, a couple of Wembley trips and I had a great time. But there are so many factors to go into. I'm 30 and about to have my first child so I have to weigh everything up.

'I was going to wait until next week to think about it so hopefully I'll have something for next week or the week after.'

Gill believes that spell at Walsall, when he bagged two goals in eight appearance to help lift the Saddlers clear of the drop zone, has helped him in his current situation.

'If I had not gone there the phone wouldn't have been ringing as much,' he said. 'I loved the month and they really helped me show other people I was still around.'