‘Age is only a number’ – Canaries legend keen to show Australian fans what he’s capable of
Norwich City legend Wes Hoolahan is hoping to prove that age is just a number, after signing up to an adventure Down Under.
The 37-year-old has signed a one-year deal with A-League side Newcastle Jets, after deciding not to join League Two side Cambridge United in England, having spent pre-season with the U's.
Instead it's Australia for the former Republic of Ireland international, after a season on the fringes of West Brom's play-off chase in the Championship followed his Canaries exit, making 10 appearances.
"I like looking after myself, age is only a number," the Irishman explained. "If you look after yourself, still have the belief that you want to do well and the spirit to do well, then age is sometimes a number.
"Hopefully I can show over here what I can do."
Hoolahan scored 54 goals in 352 matches for Norwich between 2008 and 2018, enjoying three promotion successes and three relegation disappointments, but establishing his status as a club legend with his creativity and trickery.
"I'm excited to be here, it's a wonderful place to come to, I can't wait to get going," the Dubliner continued.
"I'm hoping to bring some creativity, getting on the ball, with my experience, playing in the Premier League and the Championship in England, so hopefully bring that experience across."
Newcastle is in New South Wales on Australia's east coast, around a two-hour drive north of Sydney, where temperatures average around 20C but can dip down towards 10C between June and August - with rare snowfall in the state making international headlines this week.
The Jets averaged attendances of just over 9,000 as they finished seventh in the 10-team A-League last season and they kick-off with a trip to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, October 19, who finished bottom in 2018-19.
"I just think it's a different opportunity, to play somewhere abroad," Hoolahan added, speaking to his new club's official website. "It's something that I'd like to experience and I'm grateful to the Newcastle Jets for giving me the opportunity.
"With the travelling and playing against top teams like Perth Glory and Melbourne is something I'm looking forward to."