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Former Norwich City forward Ian Henderson has joined Salford City following his lengthy spell at Roc

Former Norwich City forward Ian Henderson has joined Salford City following his lengthy spell at Rochdale Picture: Salford City FC - Credit: Salford City FC

Former Canary Ian Henderson has spoken of his delight at taking on a new challenge – at the age of 35.

Thetford-born Henderson has signed a two-deal deal with League Two side Salford City - the club partly owned by former Manchester United stars including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

Salford manager Graham Alexander snapped up the striker after his release by Rochdale last month after seven years and 126 goals.

“I’m really excited for the challenge ahead,” said Henderson. “I’ve spoken to Graham and Gary (Nevile) and they put forward their targets, their goals, what they want to achieve with the football club during the next two or three years and I was excited to be a part of that.

“I spent a good seven and a half years at Rochdale but that’s all ended now. My near future is here at Salford City now, which I’m excited about.

“I just want to be part of a winning team and with the plans that Graham has put together, I’m excited to be a part of that and if I can score some goals and help the team be successful, then I’ve done my job.”

Henderson came through the youth ranks at Norwich, making his debut in 2002 before leaving for Northampton in 2007, having started 26 league games, scoring six goals.

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He also played for Luton Town, Ankaragucu in Turkey and Colchester before joining Rochdale in 2013, and enjoying the best spell of his career – although it ended controversially when found out via social media that he was being released.

“I only received an email yesterday morning confirming that the offer the club had previously made to extend my contract was being retracted and I was therefore being released,” he said at the time. “I am not just shocked but unbelievably upset and disappointed to have found this out in this manner.”

Henderson is looking to passing on his knowledge to his new team-mates.

He said: “I think experience, with having played a lot of games and scored a lot of goals, but it’s not just goals, it’s leadership that I’ll help to bring with what I do with my actions on a day-to-day basis with what I do in training and taking that into games, helping young players in the squad develop as well.”