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Norwich City Announce Pre Season Friendlies Line Up

Norwich City have revealed their pre-season schedule ahead of their return to The Championship.

The Canaries will be heading to Austria for a training camp in July, where they will play two friendlies against European opposition which will be finalised soon.

Alex Neil's men will also face Peterborough United in a 120-minute match at the ABAX Stadium on July 16.
"The way this fixture is structured will allow us to give the players in our squad extra minutes on the pitch and it will be a good test for us against a side that were playing in the Premier League last season." Said Grant McCann, Manager of Peterborough United

Their first friendly will be against League One play-off semi-finalists Walsall at England's St George's Park on July 9, while they will also take on Coventry City at Carrow Road later that month.

The fixture against the Sky Blues will give new signing James Maddison a quick reunion with his former club after he signed for Norwich in January.

The Canaries will round off their preparations at Carrow Road on Saturday July 30, with the opposition to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Norwich City's pre-season schedule
July 9 - Walsall v Norwich City (St George's Park, 1pm)
July 12 - Lowestoft Town v Norwich City (Crown Meadow, 7.30pm)
July 16 - Peterborough United v Norwich City (ABAX Stadium, 3pm)
July 20 - TBC
July 23 - TBC
July 26 - Norwich City v Coventry City (Carrow Road, 7.30pm)
July 30 - TBC (Carrow Road, 3pm)

Transfer Rumour - Interest For Dorrans Hots Up

According to the Scottish Sun the newly promoted Glasgow team are after Graham Dorrans to boost their midfield over the summer, but Norwich City manager Alex Neil is having none of it

“Graham’s going nowhere. He’ll be staying here. I want him part of the squad for next season, he will be an important player for us,” he said.

The experienced Scottish international who was a key part of Norwich's promotion team 12 months ago has one year left on his existing Carrow Road deal, but Neil indicated exploratory talks have already started on a possible contract extension.

“He’s got a year left of his contract and he’s spoken to us about a possible extension. There has been no interest in Graham — and Rangers won’t be able to afford him anyway.”

Dorrans returned to the starting line up for the final two games of City’s Premier League relegation following injury to Johnny Howson.

Alex Neil is spending the early part of this week speaking to all his senior players as he starts the re-build for Norwich’s Championship return.

Now a couple of weeks on the Daily Mail takes the story further though by reporting that City are considering the sale of Graham Dorrans, claiming that Burnley, Middlesbrough and Rangers are all interested in the Scotland international.

Dorrans made 25 appearances for Alex Neil’s side last season, with eight of those coming from the bench as the former West Brom man struggled to make his mark.

The 29-year-old only joined permanently last summer though, after helping the Canaries seal promotion via the Championship play-offs during an initial loan spell.

Former Norwich Captain Andy 'Clappy' Hughes Appointed First Team Coach For Huddersfield

Former City midfielder & right back Andy Hughes is the new first-team coach at Norwich's Championship rivals Huddersfield Town.

The 38-year-old has spent the last three months working at Crystal Palace after leaving Town’s Championship rivals Rotherham United and was in the dug-out for last Saturday’s FA Cup final meeting with Manchester United.

Hughes, who made 79 appearances for City between July 2005 and August 2007, scoring two goals, will be working work alongside Town’s German head coach David Wagner and his assistant Christophe Buehler.

Hughes captained the Canaries during the 2006-07 season and went on to play over 100 games for Leeds before winding down his career at Scunthorpe and Charlton and eventually starting his coaching career at Bolton.

He became embroiled in an angry spat with a Canaries fan during a 4-1 defeat to Burnley at Carrow Road in September 2006, which brought an end to Nigel Worthington’s reign as City manager.

One Year Contract Extension For Steven Whittaker

Norwich City's experienced right-back Steven Whittaker has signed a new one-year deal with the club yesterday.

The Scotland international, who celebrates his 32nd birthday next month, made just nine appearances for the Canaries this season in the Premier League having faced competition for his place from Andre Wisdom, Russell Martin and most recently January signing Ivo Pinto.

“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,” manager Alex Neil told Norwich's official club website.

“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.”

The new contract extends Whittaker’s deal until the summer of 2017, with the potential for a further year.

The former Rangers defender was a regular as City were promoted via the Championship play-offs in the 2014/15 season but did not feature in the Premier League after Norwich were beaten 6-2 at Newcastle in mid-October last season.

With Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto arriving from Dinamo Kiev for a fee believed to be around £2.2million in January and City manager Alex Neil also having the options of captain Russell Martin and Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom, Whittaker had been linked with a loan move to Reading.

The Edinburgh-born full-back moved to Norfolk in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer after leaving Scottish giants Rangers following their financial meltdown.

He has since made 91 appearances for the Canaries, scoring six goals, but has not featured at all since coming on as a substitute during extra-time at Everton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at the end of October however, scoring in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out defeat.

His new deal comes as something of a surprise after the Scot admitted in April he expected to leave this summer, when speaking to the Scottish Herald after playing the full match as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park in March.

“Next season I will probably move on. I want to play football again. This is the first spell in my career where I’ve not played, not even got a strip. It’s been five months maybe that I’ve not played. I’ve sometimes been on the bench but I’ve not played,” Whittaker had said.

“I’ve had a taste of what that’s like and it’s not nice. You train every week and want something to focus on at the weekend. That will come into my thinking.”

Speaking of his gratitude to Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for keeping him involved, Whittaker added: “The gaffer has always been fair that way. If you come away and train hard and well, he has faith in the boys to go and do a job.

“I turn 32 in the summer so I’ll have a whole season at 32 and I want to play on as long as I can. I still feel fine during the matches – all I’m lacking is a bit of match practice.”

However Whittaker can now look forward to a fifth season at Carrow Road, saying: “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

Transfer Rumour - Canaries Considering Bamford Bid

Norwich are being linked with a move to sign Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford as doubts continue to surround his future at Stamford Bridge.

Bamford spent the second half of the season on loan with the Canaries, and although he failed to keep the club in the Premier League, there is a chance he could be back on board next season.

The young striker struggled with injury during his time at Carrow Road, reducing him to just two starts, as Norwich battled to beat the drop, but Canaries boss Alex Neil would reportedly could consider bringing him back again.

Bamford has struggled to make the grade at Chelsea, and with new Blues boss Antonio Conte set to spend big this summer, his chances appear to be limited still in West London with reports circulating that Chelsea are happy to let him go on a permanent basis and Neil could see him as the ideal player to help fire Norwich back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Bamford scored goals for fun during a loan spell with Middlesbrough two seasons ago, and a similar return with Norwich would have them pushing for the title.

Whittaker In Line For New Contract

As with Gary O'Neil it seems the club are set to offer the Scottish right back a new contract

"We`re in the process of talking to both [players]. If it makes sense for them and the club that is something we can look at"

'Steven is a proven Championship player and did well for us and Gary has had a really good season and contributed probably a lot more than what we thought, based on the season before last."

'I have had a conversation with all the players and they all know their individual situation." Says Norwich manager Alex Neil

 

Norwich City Offer Midfielder Gary O'Neil New Contract

Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil has told ESPN he is happy to stay at Carrow Road after being offered a new deal by the club.

Gary O'Neil's current contract expires next month having signed a two-year deal when he arrived at the club on a free transfer from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2014.

A number of clubs have been monitoring O'Neil's situation, but Norwich are desperate to keep hold of the experienced midfielder.

The 33-year-old has established himself as a key player in Alex Neil's side and the Norwich boss is keen to keep hold of the experienced performer as they prepare for life in the Championship next season following relegation from the Premier League.

O'Neil, who has made over 400 league appearances in his career so far, has won promotion to the Premier League four times in his career with Portsmouth, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich.

"I am happy at Norwich and I would be open to the idea of extending my stay at the club," O'Neil told ESPN

"I have enjoyed my time at the club and I am determined to try and help the club win promotion back to the Premier League next season."

Transfer Rumour - Jamar Loza To Yeovil?

Norwich City's Jamar Loza has recently started following Yeovil's official account on Twitter. This may seem insignificant, but arguably takes on more credence when it is considered the only other football club the 22-year-old follows is Norwich.

Loza is a product of the youth system at Carrow Road, making his debut for the Canaries first team in 2014 and playing six matches and scoring one goal for them to date. Born in Kingston the striker has four caps for Jamaica and has had loan spells with Coventry City, Leyton Orient and Stevenage in the past, as well as the Glovers for a month in 2015.

The Jamaican most recently spent time with Southend United, but the Shrimpers decided not to make the move permanent and therefore Loza could well be on the lookout for another destination and his renewed interest in Yeovil could well signal he wants a return to South Somerset.