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‘The greatest player Norwich have ever had’ – Canaries legends pay tribute to Hoolahan ahead of final game

PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 24 April 2018

Grant Holt and Hoolahan share a joke at Leicester in March 2011. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Holt and Hoolahan share a joke at Leicester in March 2011. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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The tributes have continued to flood in for Norwich City legend Wes Hoolahan ahead of the Irish playmaker’s final game in Canaries colours.

Former team-mates and well-known City fans have added their words of praise for the 35-year-old after it was confirmed that Hoolahan will not be getting a new contract.

The former Republic of Ireland international will make his 352nd and final appearance for Norwich during Saturday’s final Carrow Road game of the campaign, against Leeds.

Former Canaries captain Russell Martin, currently on loan at Rangers, enjoyed three promotions alongside Hoolahan and posted on his @RussMartin86 Instagram account following the news.

“A true legend and one of the best ever to wear the shirt for @norwichcityfc,” Martin wrote. “An absolute honour and a pleasure to play alongside the little magician for so long. Some footballer. Some man.

“Been through it all together over the years on and off the pitch. Always worked so hard for his team-mates on the pitch, was a positive influence off it and even better when it was time to celebrate!

“You’ll be missed at the club Wessi, Good luck at whoever is lucky enough to have you next mate. Thanks for everything (apart from the nutmegs in training)!”

Legendary striker Grant Holt, who combined with Hoolahan for so many goals during the Paul Lambert era, believes the Irishman is City’s best ever player.

“Little Wessi is leaving Norwich, the greatest player Norwich have had in my opinion,” he posted on his @GrantHolt31 Twitter account. “10 derby days and no defeats, top that.”

Former Canaries winger Elliott Bennett, currently chasing promotion from League One with Blackburn, also added to the praise.

“I’m sure Wessi will get the send off he deserves,” he posted on his @Ebenno88 Twitter page. “Great man, humble and what a player. Pleasure to have shared a dressing room with him.”

England international Nathan Redmond, who played alongside Hoolahan in the 2015 play-off final success, continued the tributes.

“What an honour it was to watch, learn and play with you my friend,” the Southampton winger posted on his Redz

@NathanRedmond22 Twitter account. “The legend, the magician, the GOAT! All the best on your next venture from a massive 10 years served @NorwichCityFC! #Wessi #LivingLegend.”

Hoolahan was signed from Blackpool in 2008 for around £250,000 following the exit of legendary winger Darren Huckerby, who also added his praise.

“Will rightly be remembered as a all time #Ncfc great, right up there with @MrGunny1963, @Grantholt31 and @iwanwroberts,” he posted on his @Hucks6dh6 page.

“Looking forward to doing co-commentary at #Ncfc’s last home game of the season vs one of my old teams @LUFC. It’s great all the #Ncfc fans will be able to give the legendary Wes Hoolahan the send off he deserves.”

Former chief executive David McNally also tweeted to add his praise.

“A unique talent & 10 years at one club. Thanks for the memories Wes #14”

Television presenters Simon Thomas and Jake Humphrey also joined in on Twitter.

“Class on the field. Class as he prepares to say farewell,” Sky Sports presenter Thomas posted @SimonThomasSky. “A class act all round. Thanks for the memories mate. #legend #ThanksWes.”

While BT Sport host Humphrey, added on @mrjakehumphrey: Wes, thank you. Not just for the 10 years loyal service, but the joy you brought us, the memories you leave behind. It has been a pleasure to watch you, and you join a select band of men who will be talked about at Carrow Road for many years to come. Farewell. #Wessi #Legend.”

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