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With the season drawing to its close, it’s the time of year when footballers who are coming to the end of their contracts will be wondering whether there’s to be a new deal on offer.

Today, with one league game remaining of a disappointing Championship season, Norwich City have confirmed that seven of their first team squad will be leaving. That list includes England goalkeeper John Ruddy, central defender Michael Turner and defender Steven Whittaker, one of the players to walk out of Rangers in 2012.

The list also includes former Burnley striker Kyle Lafferty who brings to an end three years at Carrow Road that have not proved to be successful for him. A former Rangers team mate of Whittaker, Lafferty opted for a move to FC Sion when he took the decision to leave Ibrox and then moved on to Palermo.

He’s been with Norwich for three years but in that time he’s played only 31 league games for them with 20 of those coming on as a substitute. In those games he’s scored just twice. In each of his first two seasons there he went out on loan, to Rizespor in 204/15 and Birmingham last season where he was used as a substitute against us in our 2-1 win at St. Andrew’s.

Despite his lack of first team action, and the lack of opportunities elsewhere, he’s remained a key player for Northern Ireland. He’ll now get the opportunity to find a club where he can play more football than he’s played in the last three seasons.

Lafferty joined Burnley on a full time basis in 2004, joining the youth team. He made his first team debut on the opening day of the 2005/06, coming on as a substitute for Garreth O’Connor in a 2-1 defeat at Crewe. He went on to make 89 appearances for us, of which 56 were starts, scoring ten goals.

We’ll keep an eye on the retained lists and transfers over the summer and report on any involving ex-Clarets.

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