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BENNETT SIGNS EXTENSION

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18:53 19th September 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Winger agrees two-year contract extension

NORWICH City are happy to announce that winger Elliott Bennett has signed a two-year contract extension with the Club.

The 24-year-old, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained on the opening day of the season against Everton, has put pen-to-paper on a deal that takes him to the summer of 2016.

Bennett said: “I’m delighted. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it being injured, but it’s fantastic.

“I appreciate the support of everyone at the Club, right from the fans to everyone here. Hopefully I can repay their faith in me once I’m back fit.

“It’s been a great two years so far and what we’ve achieved in that time has been absolutely brilliant. Hopefully we can do as well as that, and maybe aim a little bit higher as well.”

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The wide-man joined the Canaries from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2011 having played a major role in the Seagulls’ promotion to the Championship under Gus Poyet.

He made his debut as a substitute in the opening day draw at Wigan Athletic, and grabbed his first goal for the Club in April of that season – a stunner to snatch a memorable victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Bennett has made 64 appearances for City in all competitions up to now, scoring three times.

Manager Chris Hughton added: “We’re really delighted for Elliott and he thoroughly deserves it.

“We all know about the injury he picked up in the first game of the season against Everton, so I’ll to say particular thanks to our Chief Executive, the Chairman and the board, who were very much in support of this.

“It’s nice timing for Elliott as he’s going through a big chunk of the season injured, so it just shows that we have that faith in him. He’s such a good individual, so we feel he’ll be fine coming through.”

The Telford-born midfielder began his career as a trainee at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but despite impressing during loan spells at Crewe Alexandra and Bury, he never made a first-team appearance.

It was on the south coast where he made his name, playing 100 times for Brighton, scoring 17 goals and earning a spot in the 2010-11 PFA League One Team of the Year before his switch to Carrow Road. 

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