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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.

Norwich Trialist Ashley Nadesan Joins Fleetwood Town

HORLEY Town striker Ashley Nadesan has joined League One side Fleetwood Town on a three-year contract.

The 21-year-old striker has been the subject of much attention this year after scoring 99 goals across two seasons for the Clarets.

Norwich City, AFC Bournemouth, Crawley Town and Brighton & Hove Albion were some of the clubs watching the young star with Millwall and Norwich offering him a trial.

However, it is the Cod Army who have secured the services of Nadesan, who up until this point has worked in Redhill's McDonald's.

And Nadesan is delighted to get a chance to shine in the Football League.

"I'm buzzing to be here especially after all the recent speculation about my future. I'm so happy to be here and can't wait to get going," he told the Fleetwood website.

"I first heard about the interest from the club a couple of months ago, and ever since then it's just spiralled really. I had to accept the offer because Fleetwood are a quality team.

"The Club have recently opened up a new training facility which is amazing, and I can't wait for the season to start so I can play football again."

Nathan Redmond - Now Southampton Join The Race

Stoke City and Southampton have both reportedly made inquiries for the England under-21 star who is about to enter the last year of his contract

Southampton have a long-standing interest in Redmond, who joined the Canaries in a £3.2m move from Birmingham City in the summer of 2013. But a move back to the Midlands could appeal to 22-year-old, who is also big friends with Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland from their days together at St Andrews.

Birmingham City will be following Redmond’s future with a keen interest as Gary Rowett’s side have a 15 per cent sell-on clause on any profit Norwich City make, however they could be forced to wait between six to 12 months before receiving any financial reward as the clause is dependant on the structure of any new deal and how quickly Norwich receive the future transfer fee.

The Canaries have stuck to their policy of declining to comment on any transfer speculation and it is becoming increasingly clear that Norwich’s resolve to keep the player will be sorely tested this summer.

 

Norwich City 2- 1 Ipswich - Hospital Cup Victory For U-16s

Norwich City Under 16s managed by Norwich City legend and Hall Of Fame member Darren Huckerby won last in the friendly end of season charity match versus Ipswich Town

The trophy was originally contested by the Clubs' senior sides up until 1990, and returned as an Academy fixture last season after a 25-year absence as Graeme Murty led Norwich's youngsters to a 3-0 success at Portman Road.

Enjoying home advantage this time around, City rose to the task by producing an efficient and energetic display which saw them deservedly claim bragging rights for the second year in a row.

The hosts got off the perfect start when Glenn Middleton fired them in front superbly on seven minutes, but Town levelled soon after when Albert Wilton tucked home from close-range.

Both goalkeepers made a string of fine saves, before Anthony Spyrou's composed finish ensured the Canaries went into the interval ahead following a competitive first half.

Ipswich tested Norwich's defensive resolve early in the second period, but Darren Huckerby's side rose to the challenge presented to them by determinedly keeping their opponents at bay.

Such resilience was ultimately rewarded by victory, with goalkeeper Fergal Hale-Brown stooping low in injury-time to help his side close out the game with few major concerns.