FIVE PLAYERS TO LEAVE CANARIES
CITY today confirmed five players' contracts will not be renewed for next season.
Manager Paul Lambert thanked defender Gary Doherty, forwards Jamie Cureton, Paul McVeigh, Danny Kelly and midfielder Damon Lathrope for their contributions to the Canary cause and confirmed all five are now free to seek new clubs.
He told First News: "Gary has done really well for us and played a big part this season. He came back really strongly after being dropped early in the season and got himself into the team on merit with some excellent performances. He leaves the Club after nearly six years of solid service and we're grateful for all the effort he's put in for Norwich during that time.
"Gary's a great lad and a great professional and I'm sure he'll take away some brilliant memories from his time at Norwich, including this season."
"Like all of the squad involved this year Paul McVeigh has done his bit when called upon. He's another one who has played a lot of games for this Club over the years and we'd like to thank him for his work in games and at Colney during our time here as well.
"Jamie Cureton has gone away and had a loan spell with Shrewsbury which I think was the right thing to do to get himself games considering how many strikers we have at the Club. Jamie's scored an impressive number of goals in his career and we also want to thank him for his time with us.
"Danny and Damon are two young lads who have come up from our Academy and worked really hard. I just think their opportunities to progress here would be limited and hopefully they will find clubs where they can get first team action under their belts and continue their development.
"Everyone at Carrow Road and Colney wants to wish all of these players all the very best for the future."
Central defender Gary Doherty was recruited from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2004. The former Republic of Ireland international began his career with Luton Town and it was his ability to operate in either central defence or as a centre forward that brought him to the attention of the White Hart Lane club.
Signed by Nigel Worthington, Doherty has played for City in the Premier League, Championship and League One. During his six years at Carrow Road he has amassed 227 appearances for the Club and scored 14 goals. A popular and well-respected character in the dressing room, Doherty has captained the team on many occasions during his time at Carrow Road and was voted the Club's player of the year in 2006.
After a difficult start to the 2009-10 League One season, Doherty went on to form a solid partnership in the heart of the City defence, firstly with Jens Berthel Askou and then Michael Nelson during in the second half of the championship-winning campaign. This season saw Doherty chip in with seven goals from his 44 appearances and he ended the campaign third in the supporters' player of the year poll.
Jamie Cureton has enjoyed two spells with the Canaries having begun his career at Carrow Road in the early 1990s. His appetite for the game and eye for goal soon saw him progress through the youth and reserve teams before making his first team debut back in 1994. A very popular player during his early career with Norwich, a number of fans were disappointed to see him join Bristol Rovers in search of regular first team football in 1996.
He returned to Carrow Road in the summer of 2007 after an excellent season as the Championship's top scorer with Colchester United in 2006-07. He top-scored with 14 goals on his return season at Norwich in 2007-08 but found opportunities and goals harder to come by during the difficult 2008-09 campaign and was loaned to Barnsley in mid-season.
Despite a couple of goals from substitute appearances against Leyton Orient and former club Bristol Rovers in October, Cureton failed to become a regular face in Paul Lambert's City squads and was loaned to League Two Shrewsbury Town at the end of the current campaign. In total Cureton has played 108 games for City, scoring 24 goals during his two spells at the Club.
Like Jamie Cureton, Paul McVeigh has also had two playing spells with Norwich City. He initally joined the Canaries from Spurs at the tail end of the 1999-2000 season and made his City debut in May 2000. He went on to make 236 appearances and scored 40 goals before joining Burnley on loan towards the end of the 2006-07 campaign.
A small but very effective player, his creativity and eye for goal made him a fans' favourite, as he made an important personal contribution to the team's transformation from Championship strugglers to champions between 2001 and 2004.
After his loan spell at Burnley he left Norwich City and played for Luton Town. Following his release from Kenilworth Road in 2009 he came to train with the Canaries in the summer and impressed former boss Bryan Gunn to earn a one-year deal with the Club. Paul made a total of 11 appearances during the 2009-10 League One championship winning campaign take his total number of appearances for the Club to 247.
With the ability to operate effectively both in the centre of defence or as a centre forward, former Academy scholar Danny Kelly joined the professional ranks at Colney in July 2009. The Republic of Ireland under-19 captain agreed a one-year deal after impressing during his two-year scholarship. Danny continued his developement in 2008-09 by playing regularly for Ian Crook's reserves and also the youth team where he was top scorer with 14 goals from 28 appearances. The closest he came to first team action was when he was named as an unused subsitiute in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy games away to Gillingham and Swindon.
Midfielder Damon Lathrope was rewarded with a first professional contract by former City boss Glenn Roeder in January 2008. Always recognised as the playmaker for the Academy at youth team level, Damon was voted Friends of Norwich City Youth's player of the season in 2007-08. Even during his time as an Academy scholar he trained regularly with the first team and has been involved in a number of pre-season matches - often catching the eye with a number of neat touches and his ability to pick a pass. He was also on the scoresheet in a friendly away to King's Lynn in July 2007 but has been unable to break into the first team picture.