Strihavka leaves Canaries
David Cuffley Striker David Strihavka's brief Norwich City career is over - as manager Glenn Roeder's January clear-out continues.The Canaries announced today that Strihavka's contract had been “terminated with immediate effect” and that he had left the club.
Striker David Strihavka's brief Norwich City career is over - as manager Glenn Roeder's January clear-out continues.
The Canaries announced today that Strihavka's contract had been “terminated with immediate effect” and that he had left the club.
The 24-year-old Czech becomes the second striker to exit Carrow Road on successive days. His departure swiftly follows Chris Brown's £400,000 move to Preston North End, which was completed yesterday afternoon.
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Like Brown, Strihavka managed just one senior goal in City colours and, like Brown, he did not start a first team match under Roeder.
He is returning to the Czech Republic, where it is believed he will sign for Slavia Prague.
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Strihavka, who was top scorer in the Czech premier league with 13 goals in 28 games for Banik Ostrava last season, was signed in July by former City boss Peter Grant.
The fee was never disclosed, but it emerged today that his six months with the Canaries had cost the club £240,000.
City revealed that Strihavka was signed on a four-year deal on the basis of an initial one-year contract with the option for a further three years if they wished to retain his services. That option applied to both fee and contract, with City paying £240,000 for the first year of the deal.
A further sum of about £1.1m would have been payable this summer if City had chosen to exercise their option for a further three years.
On his arrival, Grant tipped Strihavka to follow in the footsteps of the giant Jan Koller, the Czech Republic's all-time leading scorer, and said: “I've no doubt he can bring us something completely different.”
But the 6ft 3in striker made just 11 appearances, eight of them as a substitute.
Strihavka's only senior goal for the club was the winner in the 1-0 Championship victory over Crystal Palace at Carrow Road in September.
His last appearance came as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Plymouth in November.
Strihavka said he was returning to his homeland to try to get his career back on track.
He said: “I tried to play in the Championship, but with the unhappy start to the season and with the change in manager, I now need to re-start my career back in Prague.
“I would like to wish Norwich City and their wonderful fans best wishes for the future.”
Roeder said: “It's disappointing that it hasn't worked out but it's always a gamble when signing players from abroad - sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. David found it difficult to adjust while in England and we would like to wish him the best of luck in his future career.”
Strihavka had been tipped for a January exit and was linked to both German second division side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Czech club Mlada Boleslav, but Slavia Prague are believed to be favourites for his signature.