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Elliott Bennett

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Norwich Career: 2011-16  (79 appearances, 3 goals)
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Date of Birth: 18/11/1988 (Telford)
Nationality: English


Elliott Bennett came to Norwich fans' attention in January 2011 when City bid £1m for him in the January transfer window Brighton resisted but Norwich finally got their man with a £1.5m signing on 14th June 2011.

Bennett joined Wolverhampton Wanderers aged nine having been spotted playing in a local five-a-side tournament. He captained the club's under-12 team that travelled to Japan in 2001 and won the U12 World Cup, where he also picked up the Player of the Tournament award. Bennett was also a talented 200m sprinter and represented Shropshire at the English School Athletics Championships.

After a spell as a scholar with Wolves, he signed professional forms with them in March 2007. However he never made a league appearance for Wolves though, despite being picked for the first team squad several times, but did appear twice for them in the League Cup.

After spending time at loan at both Crewe and Bury, Bennett signed a three year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion on 20th August 2009.

Bennett enjoyed a successful season in 2010-11, playing a significant role in Brighton's promotion to the Championship. Scoring 8 goals, and assisting over 20, Bennett gained a place in the PFA League One Team of the Year

Bennett made his Norwich debut as a 75th minute substitute in the opening day of the season clash at Wigan (13th August 2011) which Norwich drew 1-1. His first start came the following week (21st August) in the 1-1 home draw with Stoke. He scored his first Norwich goal in the 2-1 win at Spurs on Easter Monday 2012.

Bennett finished the season with 36 appearances as Norwich finished 12th in the Premier League. He added a further 27 appearances and two goals the following season.

Injury limited him to just two appearances in the 2013/14 season in which Norwich were relegated from the Premier League.

On 1st November 2014, Elliott returned to Brighton on a one month loan deal.

Elliott made a total of 12 appearances for Norwich in the 2014/15 season.

On 9th October 2015, Elliott was loaned to the Championship's bottom side Bristol City until 3rd January 2016. He had made jus two appearances for Norwich during the 201516 season, both in the Capital One Cup. He played 15 games for Bristol City.

On 5th January 2016, he re-united with Paul Lambert joining Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee, signing a two and a half year deal.

On 10th July 2016, Bennett was linked with a return to East Anglia with The Sun claiming Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was keen to sign Bennett.Thye had worked together at Wolves.

Bennett was relegated to League One on goal difference with Blackburn on 7th May 2017 despite winning 3-1 at Brentford; a game in which Bennett played the full 90 minutes.

Bennett was linked with a move to QPR at the end of July 2017. He however remained at Rovers and helped them return to the Championship at the end of April 2018.

On 28th May 2020 it was reported that Bennett has tested positive for coronavirus but the former Norwich City winger has insisted he feels “fit and healthy” The 31-year-old had tested negative on 21st May but a second test on 25th May has returned a positive result, which means he will now isolate at home for seven days. Bennett explained: “I feel fit and healthy. Hopefully this sends out a positive message to the community that perhaps many people have or have had the virus without showing any effects."

)n 17th June 2021 he returned to his West Midlands roots signing for Shrewsbury on a one year deal after his contract expired with Blackburn. He had worked with Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill on loan from Norwich to Bristol City in the 2015-16 season."It's five years on since I had him," said Cotterill. "But I know what I'm getting with him. His best position is out wide. He can play wide right or as a wing-back. He crosses the ball really well.He's a good leader, a good lad and an excellent professional. He'll be able to educate our younger players in the dressing room. I like to have one or two 'go to' experienced boys around my teams."

On 18th May 2023 Shrewsbury announced that Bennett would be leaving at the end of his contract in June. He then re-signed on a one year contract on 11th July 2023. "I'm buzzing," said Bennett. "I'm really, really, happy to be back."

He was released by Shrewsbury on 28th April 2024. He had played 122 games for the Shrews scoring three times.

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