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Former Norwich City star Drury calls time on professional career

Adam Drury at his testimonial in 2012. Credit: PA

Former Norwich City star Adam Drury has announced his retirement from professional football.

The left-back was a regular for the Canaries for over a decade after joining from Peterborough United in a £500,000 deal in 2001.

Drury captained Norwich to promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04 and was handed a testimonial by the club in 2012.

Drury was Norwich's left back for over a decade. Credit: PA

He has now decided to call time on his career at the age of 36 after failing to find a new club following his release by Leeds United this summer.

“After 18 years living my childhood dream of being a professional footballer the time has come to call it a day and retire.

I have to say a massive thank you to the clubs, staff and fans that I have been lucky enough to play for and in front of. It has been a privilege.

It has been a magical journey so far and as one door closes another opens. Let the new adventures begin!”

– Adam Drury

News of the retirement also sparked a number of comments from former teammates on Twitter.

In-form midfielder Tettey agrees Norwich City stay

Alex Tettey is staying at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

In-form Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey has agreed a new two-year contract with the club.

The deal also includes the option of a further 12 months.

Norwegian international Tettey has been a key figure in Norwich's impressive start to The Championship season, already scoring twice.

The 28-year-old joined the Canaries from French club Rennes two years ago.

"I'm delighted and happy that Norwich want to keep me here and that we've been able to agree a deal.

As people know we've started the season well and the club’s desire to get back into the Premier League is something that is attractive to me."

– Alex Tettey, Norwich City

Norwich have dropped back to second in the league, after Nottingham Forest reclaimed top spot with a thrilling 5-3 win over Fulham last night.

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Former Norwich City loanee Gutierrez being treated for cancer

Jonas Gutierrez in action for Newcastle United Credit: PA

Former Norwich City loanee Jonas Gutierrez has confirmed he is receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

The midfielder returned to his parent club Newcastle United over the summer after making four appearances for the Canaries.

The 31-year-old-is currently undergoing chemotherapy in his native Argentina.

Hooiveld admits he may have to be patient at Norwich City

Norwich City's new loan signing Jos Hooiveld admits he may have to wait for his chance of a first team start after City's bright start to the Championship.

The Dutch defender moved to Carrow Road from Premier League Southampton before the summer transfer window closed on September 1.

The Canaries defend an unbeaten league run of four games when they visit Cardiff City tomorrow (Saturday September 13). Both were relegated from the Premier League last May.

But Hooiveld isn't surprised that Norwich have started to settle since their opening day defeat at Wolves, and vows to be ready if called upon.

Yes I'm going to try for that. Everybody wants to play football and it's no different from me. The only thing I'm going to do is to work hard every day in training, and see where we end up.

Its going to be tough. The boys have been doing well, the last four games they've been unbeaten. ten points out of five games is not a bad start.

Its not going to be an easy thing. It's something you've got to work hard for. But I've never been shy of a challenge

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City

Listen to Jos Hooiveld's thoughts ahead of Norwich's trip to Cardiff during his pre-match news conference.

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Squad depth vital for successful season says Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams knows he has a tough task keeping everyone happy in his squad as they bid for a swift return to the Premier League.

The Canaries resume their Championship campaign at Cardiff City on Saturday (September 13) having gone four league games unbeaten.

Having added new players in ahead of the summer Transfer Window deadline, including Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on loan, Adams believes he has a squad to cope with the heavy schedule of games coming up. He also has Swedish international Martin Olsson ready to return after suspension.

Norwich have made the better start of the three sides relegated from the top flight. Cardiff start five places and two points behind in ninth, while Fulham sit in the relegation zone, still waiting for their first league win.

"You can't keep them all happy. What you try and do is involved as many as you can and we'll keep them all part of the first team group. It's an easy answer but it's an honest answer because we've got that many games - Saturday, Tuesday for the next three weeks.

You're going to need them players because you're going to pick up bumps and bruises, suspensions maybe. What we don't want to be doing is going reasonably well, which I feel we are at the minute, and find ourselves really short.

There was a risk of that certainly two to three weeks ago, certainly in the defensive department. So you do need a strong squad if you're going to have a good go at things. The pleasing thing is I think we've got that now."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Neil Adams explains the importance of squad depth at his pre-match news conference.

Norwich City beat the deadline to sign Hooiveld and Thompson as Becchio departs

Jos Hooiveld has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal. Credit: PA

Norwich City have beaten the deadline to sign Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on a season-long loan deal.

The commanding Dutchman is the second new defensive recruit of the day, after the Canaries also captured Arsenal centre back Ignasi Miquel.

Former Celtic man Hooiveld was a key part of the Saints team which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012, and will add welcome experience to the Norwich backline.

"I am very excited about this move. I have played at Norwich and I was very impressed with the surroundings and the atmosphere. It was a full house then and again last Saturday when I saw the Bournemouth game.

Everybody I have asked about Norwich says only good things. I know Gary Hooper from our time at Celtic together and he was very positive about everything at the Club when I phoned him to talk about coming here.

I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the players in training and fighting for a place in the team. It’s a very good squad at Norwich and has every chance of doing well this season."

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City
Louis Thompson will stay at Swindon Town for the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, the Canaries have also agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson.

The 19-year-old had attracted a lot of interest this summer, but Norwich have won the race for his signature.

Thompson has agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

He will remain with Swindon on loan for the rest of the season as he continues his development.

"I'm extremely proud. To come to a club of Norwich City's stature is a fantastic achievement for me. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of coming here after my loan finishes at Swindon.

It's a massive club with a huge fan base, there's not a single negative thing to say about them. Hopefully they can do well this year and challenge for a Premier League place."

– Louis Thompson, Norwich City
Luciano Becchio will spend the next few months on loan at Rotherham United. Credit: PA

Finally, out-of-favour Norwich striker Luciano Becchio has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.

The Argentine has barely featured since moving from Leeds United in January 2013, and will now hope to see first team action in South Yorkshire.

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond going nowhere

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond will be staying with the club after all.

The 20-year-old was consistently linked with a move away from Carrow Road throughout the summer, but judging by this cheeky tweet, his future lies with the Canaries for another few months at least.

Peterborough United finally get their man as highly-rated striker James agrees move

Luke James has been a target for Posh all summer. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the signing of highly-rated Hartlepool United striker Luke James for an undisclosed fee.

Posh have been chasing the talented 19-year-old all summer, and have finally managed to convince the League Two club to sell.

James has signed a four-year contract at London Road, and takes the number nine shirt left vacant by Britt Assombalonga who joined Nottingham Forest last month.

"I am delighted to get this bit of business done. I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while. We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.

I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line. We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine. He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can't wait to get started."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager
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