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23 May 2016

Full-back extends stay at Carrow Road

CITY defender Steven Whittaker has signed a new one-year contract at Carrow Road, with the potential for a further year.

Whittaker's previous deal was due to expire this summer but the 31-year-old will now be part of Alex Neil's squad for the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Neil told "Steven's had a bit of a frustrating year, however I think he showed his worth in the Championship last time and it's going to be a squad game next season.

"It's important that we've got guys who have been there and done it before, and Steven is certainly one of those so it makes sense. The focus will now go on to Steven for him to show he's worth his year's contract.

"He's a top professional. Even when he's had a frustrating second half of the campaign, he conducted himself really well and you can't have enough of those good pros."

Scotland international Whittaker, previously of Hibernian and Rangers, signed for the Canaries in June 2012 before making his debut that October.

After clocking up 40 appearances in City's 2014-15 promotion-winning season the full-back found opportunities harder to come by in the Premier League, featuring eight times.

In total, Whittaker has played 91 games for Norwich, and after extending his stay with the Club he said: "I'm over the moon to stay here, I've really enjoyed my four years.

"The manager spoke to me towards the end of the season and said it was a frustrating season for myself, but he reminded me what a great job I'd done for him in the Championship and he believes I can do that again.

"I'm here, in the squad and ready to get to work again to battle for my place."

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