Tuesday 25 October 2016

WES Hoolahan and his Norwich City team-mates may have missed out on a trip to Las Vegas but they still hit the jackpot by earning a return to the Premier League.

Hoolahan (33) starred for the Canaries as they overcame Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Championship final playoff at Wembley yesterday.

Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond scored the goals which won the tie - and a ticket back to the Premier League - for the Canaries but Dubliner Hoolahan was a key man in the win and he's relishing a return to the top flight after success in a game which is valued at £130million, while Ireland team-mates Robbie Brady, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane head in the other direction following Hull's relegation.

"I don't think about the money side of things, as a player all you want to do is win things. A lot of lads in this Norwich team have experience of playing in the Premier League, the best league in the world, you're playing against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea and that's the only place to be," Hoolahan says.

"Old Trafford, Anfield, White Hart Lane, they are the great stadiums, the ones you want to play in."

Hoolahan will now take a short break before he links up with the Ireland squad in Dublin on Sunday to prepare for the battles with England and Scotland, not bothered by the fact that players from Championship rivals Bournemouth and Watford, who will join the Canaries in the Premier League next season, have already had some sun.

"I know the Bournemouth lads went to Vegas for their holiday as a reward for going up, I think Watford took their players away too," Hoolahan says. "Norwich had told us they'd bring the players to Vegas if we'd won promotion automatically, we didn't achieve that so here we are. I've nothing planned, I will wait and see how I feel, it might just be Portmarnock or somewhere nice and warm like that," he joked.

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