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CITY CONFIRM 10 PLAYERS TO LEAVE

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18:00 20th May 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Out of contract on July 1

CITY can confirm ten players are to leave the Club this summer with all out of contract from July 1.

With over 250 appearances clocked up between them for the Canaries, striker Simeon Jackson, midfielder Korey Smith and defenders Marc Tierney and Elliott Ward will leave Carrow Road.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that Academy product Chris Martin would leave to join Derby County after 117 appearances and 34 goals for City. And fellow Canary youngsters Tom Adeyemi and George Francomb will also not be offered new deals for next season.

Lee Camp who made three appearances for Chris Hughton’s side in goal after joining this January will also not be offered a new contract.

And Under-21 Professional Development Squad players Ramil Sheriff and Scott Olumide Durojaiye are also released to find new clubs.

 

City boss Chris Hughton commented: "I'd like to personally thank every single one of these lads, their attitude this season has been first class. They are all top individuals and we wish them all the very best."

Canadian international Simeon Jackson joined the Canaries in July 2010 and has made a total of  86 appearances, scoring 21 goals.  His first season at the Club and his form at the end of that campaign resulted in arguably some of the most memorable games in recent Canary history. His scoring of nine goals in the Canaries last nine games of 2010-11, including two memorable hat-tricks against Scunthorpe United and Derby County, and of course the winning goal against Portsmouth, helped fire City into the Barclays Premier League in May 2011. Having registered four Premier League goals over the last two seasons the striker has now scored in all of England’s top five divisions.

Defender Marc Tierney joined City from Colchester United in January 2011 and clocked up 39 appearances in his two years at Carrow Road, injury and the form of Javier Garrido limiting the left-back’s appearances last campaign. Another prominent member of the 2010-11 promotion-winning team was fellow defender Elliott Ward who spent last season on loan to Championship Nottingham Forest – the centre-back registering 55 appearances and one goal in Canary colours in all competitions.

Having featured regularly in City’s League One and Championship campaigns midfielder Korey Smith has clocked up 73 appearances and four goals since stepping up from the Club’s Academy set-up. With opportunities limited for the Hatfield man over the last two seasons loan moves to Barnsley, Yeovil and Oldham Athletic have followed.

Fellow Academy player George Francomb made his senior debut in October 2009 in a 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Priestfield Stadium against Gillingham and went on to make a further six appearances for the Club. He went on to have loan spells with Barnet from October 2010, SPL side Hibernian and most recently League Two side AFC Wimbledon before injury saw him return to Carrow Road for treatment.

Tom Adeyemi signed his first professional contract with the Canaries in November 2008, having joined the Club's Academy aged eight and attended the Norwich School. He made his senior debut for the Canaries at the beginning of the 2009-10 season against Colchester United at Carrow Road. Three days later, he made his full City debut in the 4-0 away win over Yeovil Town in the first round of the Carling Cup - setting up the third and Grant Holt's second. In March 2010, Tom was awarded the Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award at the Football League Awards. But with first team opportunities limited at Carrow Road he has enjoyed successful loan spells at Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Brentford – where he reached the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley in May 2013.

Norwich City Football Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to all of the lads for their service and commitment to the Canaries and wish them all the very best for the future.

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