No sentiment for Gary Hooper as he looks to put one over Norwich City
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Former Norwich City striker Gary Hooper aims to show the Canaries what they are missing when he makes his first Carrow Road return on Saturday with Sheffield Wednesday.
Hooper cut his ties with the Canaries in January 2016 after a frustrating three-year spell following a prolific goalscoring stint at Celtic. The 28-year-old just missed out on the Premier League in May, when the Owls lost the Championship play-off final, but Hooper has no regrets over his Hillsborough move after a bit-part role under Alex Neil.
'I always look forward to going back to my old clubs,' he said. 'It should be good at Norwich. I have stayed in touch with quite a few of the boys. We will probably speak before the game but there won't be any sentiment on the day. Hopefully I can put one over them. I'm not sure what sort of reaction I'm going to get from the Norwich fans. The fans were good with me so hopefully I get a good reception.'
Hooper knew the writing was on the wall for him at Carrow Road when he was not included in the starting line up for Norwich's 2015 Championship play-off success against Middlesbrough at Wembley.
'I knew then that I had to get out on loan,' he told the Sheffield Star. 'Alex Neil didn't say I wasn't going to play but he did buy a couple of strikers so the message was pretty clear. It wasn't the best couple of years, but I don't regret it.'