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7 August 2014

City midfielder reveals that Neil Adams reached out to him during the off-season with a view to keeping him at Carrow Road

UPON signing a new two-year deal that will keep him at Norwich City through to the end of the 2015-16 season, Wes Hoolahan has indicated that Canaries manager Neil Adams has played a key role in making it happen.

Hoolahan had been linked with a move away from City during last season's January transfer window. He made only 13 appearances in 2013-14, his lowest number of appearances as a Norwich player, but he now credits Adams with granting him a new lease on life as a Canary.

"The manager called me in the off-season and told me that he wants me in the team," he said after signing his new contract at Carrow Road.

"It was a bad season for me last year but straight away I knew that I wanted to sign here and to be part of getting back into the Premier League."

Following the news, Adams was keen to reiterate just how much he values what City's creative midfielder can bring to the team.

"I said as soon as I took over last year how much I rate Wes Hoolahan as a player," stated Adams.

"People have maybe questioned why I didn't play him more in those final five games last season but those were different types of games to the ones we'll be playing this season."

Adams travelled to New York in June to watch Hoolahan play for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against Portugal and the Canaries boss has indicated that City's long-serving midfield man is likely to be central to his plans for the upcoming season.

"I want to use him and to use him in his best position," Adams said.

"I know what he's capable of. Wes can rip teams apart almost on his own when he's on form.

"It goes without saying how pleased we are that he has signed his extension."

Hoolahan has been deployed in a traditional No. 10 role during pre-season under Adams, where he has racked up a number of goals while helping to keep City's attack ticking.

Hoolahan confirmed to that he is 'delighted' with the way he has been used during the club's pre-season preparations - though he struggles to put the role into words.

"I don't know how to describe it really," he said with a smile.

"I just try to get on the ball and make things happen."

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