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Wes Hoolahan




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Republic of Ireland

WES Hoolahan was Glenn Roeder's second summer signing of 2008, joining from Championship side Blackpool.

Born in Dublin, Hoolahan started his career with Shelbourne, winning three League of Ireland championships and being named PFAI Young Player of the Year in 2002-03.

He also played 15 Champions League qualifiers before moving to Scottish side Livingston in 2005-06.

The following season Hoolahan joined Blackpool on loan, which was subsequently made permanent. In the two seasons at Bloomfield Road the creative midfielder scored 16 goals in all competitions.

He opened his Canary account in the 4-0 win over Barnsley at Carrow Road in January 2009 and followed that up with a stunning 30-yarder in the next game against Southampton.

The playmaker formed an impressive trio with strikers Grant Holt and Chris Martin, who combined scored 67 goals in 2009-10 as City gained promotion back to the Championship.

Hoolahan proved just as impressive back in England's second tier, scoring 10 goals in 41 appearances for the Canaries in City's push for promotion back to the Premier League in 2010-11.

It was a season that saw the creative midfielder voted third in the battle Player of the Season, and he penned a new contract until June 2014 in January 2011.

He scored City's first Barclays Premier League goal of the season as the Canaries made a return to the top flight after an absence of six years - an equalising strike against Wigan at the DW Stadium on the opening day of the 2011-12 campaign; he went on to make a total of 37 appearances and score four more times.

Having been inaugurated into the Club's Hall of Fame in March 2012, the Republic of Ireland international signed a new and improved contract in December that year - extending his stay in Norfolk until at least June 2015.

In December 2012 the Club were delighted to announce that the Republic of Ireland international had signed a new and improved contract that would see him stay at Carrow Road until at least June 2015.

Hoolahan continued to play an important role over the 2012-13 season, featuring 36 times in all competitions for City and scoring five goals.

2013-14 saw Hoolahan struggle to hold down a regular spot in the team, making 19 appearances and scoring once against Aston Villa at Villa Park at the beginning of March.

However, he re-established himself the following season, featuring 40 times in all competitions to come second in the 2014-15 Player of the Year running.

Scoring five times across the course of the campaign, 2015 also saw Hoolahan rack up his 250th appearance for the City as they clinched promotion back to the Premier League.

He played 32 times in the 2015-16 season, finishing in third place in the Player of the Season voting behind fellow countryman Robbie Brady and winner Jonny Howson.

That summer, Hoolahan competed at his first major international tournament with Ireland at the age of 34, memorably scoring in Martin O'Neill's side opening match against Sweden.

After starring for his country at the tournament, he signed a new two-year deal with the Canaries in August 2016.

The 2016-17 campaign finally saw Hoolahan pick up the Player of the Season award in the year that he surpassed 300 matches for the Canaries.