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NI star Kyle Lafferty released by Norwich

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Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is among seven players to be released by Norwich City at the end of the season.

Lafferty, whose three year contract expires in the summer, has been with the Canaries since 2014.

Despite consistently shining in a Northern Ireland shirt, his spell at Carrow Road has been a difficult one. In three years he has made 39 appearances for the club, scoring just four goals.

He signed for the East Anglia side following a successful stint in Italy, with Palermo. In his season with the Sicilians, Lafferty famously played alongside and outscored Argentine forward Paulo Dybala who has since gone on to secure a move to dominant Italian champions Juventus.

Lafferty has been linked with a return to former club Rangers in recent weeks and in an interview with Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, he did not scotch the rumour - "although it didn’t end the way I would have liked, I still have a lot of great memories and I would like to go back and play for Rangers again one day," he said.