Norwich City have confirmed that Wes Hoolahan is to leave the club at the end of the season.
The former Ireland international career will bring the curtain down on his time at Carrow Road, ten years after joining the Championship club from Blackpool.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Norwich also confirmed that the 35-year-old would be awarded a testimonial by the club to mark a decade of service to the Canaries.
In the statement, Hoolahan thanked Norwich fans for their support ahead of what will be an emotional send-off:
“It’s been a great 10 years at this Club. The fans have been amazing to me, the Club have been great and I’m going to miss the place.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at Norwich City and it’s going to be an emotional day on Saturday against Leeds. I just want to say to the fans thanks for the support, you’ve been amazing throughout my whole time here.
“I’m looking forward to my next challenge, and to organising a testimonial for next year. I’ve had a brilliant time.”
Manager Daniel Farke, who took over last summer, paid tribute to the departing player and expressed slight disappointment that he didn’t have the chance to work with him a decade ago:
“I feel really blessed and thankful to have been his coach. It’s been a big pleasure to work with Wes, not only because of his ability but also because of his personality and character.
“I’ve made it clear before just how much I would have appreciated working with him when he was 26, because he’s an unbelievable player.
“He’s a Club legend already, and we know he will be even more of a legend in the future.”
This weekend’s clash against Leeds United at Carrow Road will be Hoolahan’s final match for the club. He won’t be involved in Norwich’s final Championship game of the season against Shaefield Wednesday at Hillsborough, so as not to lessen the impact of his last appearance in front of his home crowd.
Hoolahan made over 350 appearances for Norwich in all competitions, ranging from the depths of League One to the heights of the Premier League. He also recently retired from international duty with Ireland, suggesting that this summer represents a completely fresh start for the midfielder as he enters the final years of his playing career.