Norwich City can confirm Club legend Wes Hoolahan will leave the Canaries at the end of the season.
There will be a special send-off at Carrow Road for Wes before and after Saturday’s final Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Leeds United (kick-off 3pm). Details will be announced shortly.
The match against Leeds United will be Wes’s last for the Club, with both parties agreeing that he won’t be involved in City’s final match of the season at Sheffield Wednesday in order to allow him a thoroughly-deserved send-off at Carrow Road.
In addition the Club is delighted to confirm there will be a testimonial to thank the Irish international for ten outstanding years of service to the Canaries. Due to extensive pitch works being carried out this summer and a number of other factors, that game will take place at Carrow Road on a date and against opposition to be agreed by the Club and Wes at some point over the next 12 months.
The 35-year-old playmaker has made 351 appearances in all competitions for City since joining from Blackpool in July 2008. He recently passed another Club legend Barry Butler in the Club’s all-time appearances table, moving into 17th place, and he will move up to joint 16th place with Daryl Sutch when he takes to the pitch against Leeds United.
Wes has found the net a total of 53 times in Norwich colours, including many spectacular and memorable goals.
In a Canary playing career which has seen him feature in each of England’s top three divisions – including four seasons in the Premier League – Wes served with distinction under seven permanent Norwich City managers: Glenn Roeder, Bryan Gunn, Paul Lambert, Chris Hughton, Neil Adams, Alex Neil and current boss Daniel Farke.
He played a pivotal role in the back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League under Paul Lambert between 2009 and 2011, flourishing after the Scot placed him in a central attacking role at the point of a midfield diamond. His performances during this period helped to earn him the honour of being inducted into Norwich City’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
Not content with shining for Norwich, Wes is adored by thousands of fans in his home country of Ireland, for whom he gained 43 caps up to his retirement from international football in February of this year. He famously scored a crucial goal for them against Sweden during the 2016 European Championships in France and has always been proud to represent his country.
His goals, assists and all-round artistry throughout his time with City have made him a nightmare for opposing defences, a dream for his teammates to play with and a joy for the Yellow Army to watch.
A model professional on and off the pitch, everyone at Norwich City would like to thank Wes for his massive contribution to the Club and is looking forward to saluting him for his efforts on Saturday and at his testimonial in the future.
Wes Hoolahan commented: “It’s been a great 10 years at this Club. The fans have been amazing to me, the Club have been great and I’m going to miss the place.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at Norwich City and it’s going to be an emotional day on Saturday against Leeds. I just want to say to the fans thanks for the support, you’ve been amazing throughout my whole time here.
“I’m looking forward to my next challenge, and to organising a testimonial for next year. I’ve had a brilliant time.”
City’s Sporting Director Stuart Webber said: “It was a really difficult decision. What he’s done for the Club, both on and off the pitch, is immense. It’s always difficult especially when it’s an end of an era for somebody and I’m just glad he’s going to get the send-off he deserves, and he’s been granted a testimonial which is great.
“No one should underestimate what an achievement it’s been being at a Club of this size for ten years. We should never take that for granted – it’s a massive achievement for him to have stayed fit and to have stayed at this level for as long as he has.
“He’s a player we should all celebrate. If you like football, then you like Wes Hoolahan.”
Head Coach Daniel Farke added: “I feel really blessed and thankful to have been his coach. It’s been a big pleasure to work with Wes, not only because of his ability but also because of his personality and character.
“I’ve made it clear before just how much I would have appreciated working with him when he was 26, because he’s an unbelievable player.
“He’s a Club legend already, and we know he will be even more of a legend in the future.”