Defender Ryan Bennett signs new three-year deal with Norwich City

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23/07/2014 Norwich City Training at Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium, Aosta - Ryan Bennett. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd +39 333 1641678 23/07/2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
3:05 PM

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has signed a new three-year contract.

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It extends the former Peterborough United centre-back’s deal through until the summer of 2017.

The 24-year-old made 20 appearances for the Canaries last season, scoring once.

“We’re really delighted, Ryan’s a superb young player with the range of qualities that he’s got on and off the ball,” manager Neil Adams told City’s official website.

“There are very few more aggressive defenders than him, especially in the air. He’s been here a few years already, and with him putting pen to paper I’m really happy.”

Bennentt has made 48 appearances for City in total since joining from Peterborough in the summer of 2012 in a deal worth around £3million.

The former England Under-21 defender said of his new deal: “Signing is something I was looking to do and I couldn’t be happier to do it.

“Personally and family wise, it’s been an unbelievable two years with everyone around the club and I’m very happy to extend that.

“With the size of the club and the ambitions we’ve got for this season and the future – we want to be back in the Premier League which is where every player wants to be playing – signing this extension gives me a few extra years here and hopefully we can build that together.”

Bennett had lived in the Hemsby area of Norfolk since he was 14 years old and played junior football for Ipswich Town until he was released when he was 16.

He spent time training with City but wasn’t offered a deal and ended up signing for Grimsby Town, where he went on to become the club’s youngest ever captain.

After a successful loan spell at Peterborough, he was signed in a deal worth around £500,000 by Posh and made over 100 appearances in three seasons before returning to Norfolk in January 2012, initially returning to Posh on loan for a month.

Do you expect Bennett to be an important player for the Canaries this season? Leave your comments below.

23 comments

  • TK, I suppose RM is played at CB because he is a Scottish International in that position ( don't laugh show some respect ) but it does carry some kudos and qualifies him for that role. Also we do have a left sided CB namely one Sebastian Bassong !!!!!

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • RB was considered headstrong by some, at previous clubs, Grasshopper. But he`s still only 24. You`re right, he is future Captain material. I remember The Firs and Ove Fundin, though I only ever went to one meeting. Was a `regular` at Snetterton for the road-racing season, though. Both sports had the evocative aroma of Castrol `R`...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • One of the things we have lacked recently has been a good leadercaptain. You think of Forbes, McKay, Holt etc but in almost all successful sides you can identify the man who rallies the troops when things are getting tough. If RB can cement his position in the side he may well prove to be that player. Re the speedway, I remember watching Ove Fundin (then world champion) and Billy Bales ride for Norwich at the Firs :)

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    Grasshopper

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • From his comment....signing this extension gives me a few extra years here and hopefully we can build that together... it could be that NA has had a word and shown him he will actually play him. As mentioned on another board it could be that NA needs to see commitment from the players and by signing the new deal it could be the turning point for RB to be back in the team. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Let the dog see the rabbit.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Yep, good news, been a fan of RB, one of our best defenders in my opinion. Wins most of the high balls, brave lad, get him in the box for corners. Didn't feature as much as he should have last year, in my humble opinion. From what I've seen of the friendlies, like the way we are moving the ball quickly out of defence.

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    McCanary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Think this lad could be a regular and key player this season. A young Duncan Forbes?

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Steely D, one of the greatest motorsports for excitement there is .......... 4 laps, no brakes, immense cojones from the riders .......... an ideal evening in the summer sunshine !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Never much liked Speedway - apart from the smell of Castrol `R`. Preferred motorcycle road racing at Snetterton, Mallory, Brands Hatch, etc. Hero was Derek Minter, "The King of Brands". Sounds like a marketing mogul now... Reference NMTD, in what sense did you mean `common`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • i also think ryan is our best cb.how adams selects rb ahead of ryan i just do not understand.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I love that Assombalonga notion the longer I hear it, LincsCan. If Benchio, Winkel and Hooper all go, as may yet happen, the Peterbro guy looks good. Bawwy Ferwhy will want serious dosh, vough. Ven Barra `Arry might get interested and up the ante. Effectively, Barry `n` `Arry maaight ven stitch us up laaiike a kippah, mai saan. We still need a CB and RB.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Agree he ought to be selected more often. It is also reassuring to once again hear a player so positive about the set up despite the demoralising affect of Hoots. Only further business required is Assombalonga in, Becchio and Bassong out.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • When he first arrived weren't we told he could also play right back?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I have to agree that he is probably our best centre back right now and cannot understand why NA insists on playing RM there instead. I still think we need to go out and find a left footed centre back or at least one that looks comfortable playing to the left of centre. However, only time will tell and I look forward to watching the game on Sunday.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Strange Brew ,the poster who was having a go at me yesterday ,NMTD has the common sense to be a speedway fan. As does Ryan Bennett. The KL Stars are walking away with the Elite Lge this season. Just a pity about those roadworks around Lynn at the moment.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • That`s good news. Adams must rate him. Or Machianalli rates his transfer value. Or both - not mutually exclusive. He should be a first-pick before long. I wish I understood the KL Stars comment.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Coincidence that KL Stars are romping the league and Ryan signing an extension ..........? Still, it'll give Pizza Hut in KL extra business .......... ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I believe Ryan Bennett is already our best centre back, with potential to become better and to be Club captain. All the same, it's an area we urgently need to strengthen. Bassong might just manage in the Championship but his weaknesses were severely exposed last season. Martin a useful wingback but not strong enough in the air to be a CB.

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    Geolis

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Great news for the club. I hope that Adams begins treating this lad with more respect when it comes to team selections.at the moment he's left out of the starting lineup by a slow injury prone centre back and a failing full back turned centre back. I think Bennett deserves to be ahead of both these players. He's got the experience of first team football now and should be treated accordingly.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Great player, now give him some time in the team.

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    Randy

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Food for thought here. I was surprised to see he'd signed a new deal, especially as he was always 3rd or 4th choice under Hughton and under Adams he appears clear 3rd choice centre back behind Martin and Turner. What about if the reason he's recieved such little game time was because he hadnt signed a new deal and Adams wanted to focus on Martin and Turner. For example getting 6 minutes in the friendly the other night was odd. Maybe now he's signed he will become more of a real contender in Adams eyes? Time will tell.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • How odd that one day im worrying about losing Ryan Bennett because Turner and Martin are clear favourites at Centre back, the next hes signing a new deal with the club. Fantastic news! Getting these young english talents nailed down on longer term deals is vital. Yes contracts with footballers ain't really worth the paper they are wrote on these days, but it atleast gives the club the upper hand in terms of getting a large fee should a bigger club come calling. Im really hoping he finds a way of forcing his way into the line up this season as im confident at this level he will make the spot his own and be hard to remove. Just getting in there ahead of Martin and Turner that appears a problem right now. Fingers crossed either way. Brilliant news.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good, he's got the potential to improve without being under Clueless Chris's tutelage.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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