Norwich City’s Holt and Hoolahan honoured in PFA Awards

Norwich City duo Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan have been named in the Professional Footballers' Association's Championship Team of the Year.

Canaries fans won't be surprised to see fellow professionals recognise the pivotal role the pair have played during the club's rise up the Championship, which could yet end in promotion to the top flight.

Holt's importance to City was highlighted in Friday night's 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest as the skipper shrugged off a hamstring tear to score his 22nd goal of the season and inspire his side to victory.

The 30-year-old's form has seen several Premier League clubs linked with the striker but he committed his future to City earlier this month by penning a new three-year deal.

Hoolahan has played just as big a part in City's promotion challenge and is heavily relied upon as the creative spark in Paul Lambert's side. The former Blackpool man's irresistible form also saw him earn a new deal at Carrow Road earlier this year which takes him until the summer of 2013.


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Championship leaders QPR had two players in the team for the second tier in goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and playmaker Adel Taarabt while Swansea's Ashley Williams and Scott Sinclair were also included.

Leicester defender Kyle Naughton, on loan from Tottenham, makes his second appearance in the team after having been voted on while with Sheffield United two years ago.

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Gareth Bale was voted the PFA Player of the Year at the awards after a fantastic season with Tottenham while Jack Wilshere was awarded the youngsters' equivalent.

Bale has illuminated the Champions League this season with his performances while across North London Wilshere has become a mainstay of the Arsenal and England midfield.

Norfolk referee Darren Cann was honoured with the PFA Merit award alongside Howard Webb and Mike Mullarkey after they officiated the World Cup final last year.

'It came as a bit of a surprise really,' said Webb. 'It certainly is an honour to be recognised by such an esteemed body as the Professional Footballers' Association. It means an awful lot.

'It is nice that the playing side of the game has taken this opportunity to mark what happened with us last year, the two finals that we did and I am very proud of that fact.'

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