Whitbread departs

Last updated : 08 January 2010 By Van Blerk's Crossing

Zak WhitbreadZak Whitbread finally got his wish today and left The Den to join Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

The former Liverpool defender rejected a new contract from The Lions last summer and made it clear that he saw his future elsewhere, prompting bids from a number of clubs including Peterborough United. However, a hip injury scuppered a move before last August's transfer embargo.

Signed in 2006, the American-born Whitbread made 119 appearances for The Lions, the last of which was last season's play-off final against Scunthorpe United, scoring four times in total.

The irony of his move to Carrow Road will not be lost on many Lions fans, particularly as Whitbread stressed that he only wish to move in order to further his career and boost his international prospects. It's not clear whether the American FA know where Norwich is but we're sure the money in Norfolk will make up for any disappointment the defender may experience at missing out on this summer's World Cup Finals.