An update on former City players around the globeAs part of a series of features looking at ex-Canaries, Steve Whitlam tracks the progress of some former Norwich City players plying their trade in different countries.
A NUMBER of former Canaries based outside England found new clubs this summer.
Dutch defender Jurgen Colin (2005-07) joined Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv on June 2 signing a two-year deal. He was previously with Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta whom he joined in January 2011.
Jens Berthel Askou (2009-11) moved to Danish Superliga side Esbjerg on August 2. Upon leaving Norwich, he had joined Vejle in his native Denmark hoping that they would gain promotion to the top tier, but when Vejle’s economic struggles made this unlikely, he switched to Esbjerg to fulfil his ambitions.
Canadian striker Simeon Jackson (2010-13) joined Bundesliga newcomers Eintracht Braunschweig on July 10.
Dani Pacheco (2011) moved to his native Spain to join Second Division side Alcorcon on September 2. This ended a six-year association with Liverpool in which he made just five league appearances. Liverpool loaned him to Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Huesca and Norwich for whom he made six appearances scoring twice.
Australian midfielder David Carney (2009) played for Pacheco’s new club Alcorcon between 2011 and 2012. He left Spain to join Uzbek side FC Bunyodkor on February 10, 2012. He left them in September 2012 and trialled with Iranian side Persepolis and with former club Blackpool before joining Major League Soccer (MLS) side New York Red Bulls on August 8.
Leaving the MLS was Sierra Leone international Kei Kamara (2013) who left Sporting Kansas City to join Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £800,000.
Scottish left-back Steven Smith (2010-11) returned to Britain from North America; rejoining his first club Rangers on June 18. He had spent April to December 2012 with MLS side Portland Timbers.
Also returning to Scotland was centre-back Michael Nelson (2009-11) who joined Hibernian on August 1, signing a two-year contract. He had joined Bradford City from Kilmarnock on January 16 and helped the Bantams win promotion to League One via the play-offs.
Welsh midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones (2009-11) also joined Hibs, signing a two-year deal on May 31 following the expiry of his contract with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Goalkeeper Paul Gallagher (2004-07) moved to Scottish Premier League new boys Partick Thistle on May 31 as player-coach. He ended last season with Ross County after being released by Dunfermline when they went into administration. Full-back Patrick Boyle (2006) was also released by Dunfermline and signed for Airdrieonians on August 20.
Ade Akinbiyi (1993-96) joined Welsh side Colwyn Bay as player-coach on July 25. The former Gillingham, Bristol City, Wolves, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Sheffield United, Houston Dynamo and Notts County striker will work with the club's strikers and will play when required. "It is quite a coup for a club like Colwyn Bay to get him," said manager Frank Sinclair.
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