Canary Nielsen flies the nest

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NORWICH CITY have parted company with Danish striker David Nielsen, who looks set to return to his homeland.

The 26-year-old spent a month on loan at Carrow Road, before penning a permanent deal with The Canaries in January 2002.

He scored 14 goals in 68 appearances for Nigel Worthington's side but will now return to Denmark, where he is expected to sign for Aalborg.

Worthington explained the reason for the striker's departure on the club's official website.

He said: "David approached us yesterday (Wednesday) and told us that he was looking to return to Denmark as his wife has secured an excellent job opportunity there.

"Being a family man with a wife and small child, David feels the best thing to do is to go and make a fresh start over there.

"He will be a big loss to us, he's always been a lively player and given his all for the team. We wish him and his family all the best for the future."

Nielsen, who has also played for Wimbledon and Grimsby Town, said he was grateful to the City officials who have sanctioned his move back to Denmark.

"It was a big decision for me," he added. "While I have been here, I've looked forward to every day in training let alone the matches.

"I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the manager and the board for being so understanding about letting me go, and finally a massive 'thank you' to the Norwich City fans - they have been brilliant."