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8 May 2017

Stalwart midfielder wins Barry Butler Memorial Trophy

WES Hoolahan expressed his gratitude to Norwich City's supporters after being voted as the Club's Player of the Season for the 2016-17 campaign.

The Republic of Ireland international, who moved to Carrow Road from Blackpool in the summer of 2008, has long been a fans' favourite but collected the award for the first time on Sunday.

He went on to produce a typically influential performance in the 4-0 rout of QPR, and after the match told Norwich City TV: "To get Player of the Year is a great achievement.

"To be up there with Grant Holt and Jonny Howson, who won it last year, is great. I just want to thank the fans.

"I've probably got it for an accumulation of what I've done over the last nine years. It's nice to finish it with the two goals and show I can still do it during a good win.

"I'm looking forward to my tenth season, although it feels like only yesterday that I joined. I'm enjoying every minute of it. The older you get, the more you enjoy it.

"The hunger is still there and I'll be ready to come back and go again next year."

Hoolahan is determined to mark a decade in yellow and green with a more positive overall outcome in 2017-18, and believes City's end-of-season showing points to the possibility of better things to come.

"It was a good way to finish the campaign," the 34-year-old explained.

"It's been a disappointing year but it's nice to finish on a high. To end with a clean sheet and a win, I'm delighted for John [Ruddy] especially as he's been a great servant to the club.

"He deserved that send-off and I'm sure he'll do well from here. It's hard to see people go but they'll move on and look forward to a new challenge.

"The rest of us have our minds on getting promotion next season. We'll look forward to that, to hopefully starting well and we'll take it from there."

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