Wes Hoolahan signs a new two-year deal at Norwich
Republic of Ireland midfielder “delighted” to extend his stay at Carrow Road
Norwic City’s Wes Hoolahan: “I came back in for the pre-season and the manager spoke to me and talked me through his plans. Now I just can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted to be here for another couple of seasons.” Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty
Hughton’s successor, Neil Adams, has apparently persuaded him that he is central to his plans and the Dubliner now says that he is happy to stay for the extra year the new contract extension covers.
“I’m delighted to have signed,” he told the club’s website yesterday. “Obviously last year it was a bad season for me but I came back in for the pre-season and the manager spoke to me and talked me through his plans. Now I just can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted to be here for another couple of seasons.”
A feeCity boss John Caulfield said on Wednesday that bids from two premier League clubs – believed to have been Hull City and Tottenham – had been rejected but talks with City are ongoing with the Irish club reckoned to be targeting a fee of nearly €200,000 plus add-ons for the player whose services they would prefer to retain to until the end of the season.
Simon Cox has returned to Reading, the club where his career started, signing a two-year deal after a fee, believed to be in the region of €800,000 was agreed with Nottingham Forest.
Cox, who scored eight goals in 42 club games last season, had a year left on his contract at the City Ground but had been told by manager Stuart Pearce that he was unlikely to be a regular next season.
Clever enoughFormer international Stephen Elliott has signed a one-year deal with Carlisle United after a successful trial with the League Two club in preseason.
“Stephen has been very good in training,” said manager Graham Kavanagh who was previously a team-mate of the striker at Sunderland.
“He is different to what we already have. He is not just a goalscorer but also knows how to work defensively and put pressure on the opposition, and he is clever enough to play off a big man. I know his character and I know what he is all about.”