Date: 5th December 2009 at 9:32am
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Darren Huckerby has been named the Canary of the Decade in the most recent Vital Norwich poll.

The City legend received nearly two thirds of the total vote to finish ahead of Dion Dublin and Iwan Roberts.

A Huckerby-inspired City side won the Championship in 2003/04 as the man himself scored 14 goals, creating countless others and finishing second to Craig Fleming in the Player of the Year awards.

During the Premiership season of 2004/05 he was again the side’s main attacking threat, and after picking up the Player of the Year award surprised many by stating his desire to stay in Norfolk following relegation rather than move to one of the many clubs linked with his signature.

He would finish second to Gary Doherty in the Player of the Year stakes the following season but become a double winner in 2006/07, and by the end of the 2007/08 campaign had made 203 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 46 times.

Two days after the end of the 2007/08 season, City boss Glenn Roeder confirmed the news most supporters had feared when he confirmed that the 32-year-old Huckerby would not be offered a new contract at Carrow Road.

The timing of the news angered many who felt they had not been offered the opportunity to give the Hall of Famer a proper farewell, and Hucks further cemented his place in Canary hearts when he told reporters following his release:

‘It wouldn’t mean anything to me to play against Norwich. It means everything to me to play for Norwich and for another team it wouldn’t mean anything. It would be a job, and I don’t want that.

‘I want to remember this place as a great place and I want the fans to remember me as someone who did great things for them. I can’t – I won’t – be coming back here to play against them.’

Huckerby stayed true to his word despite several offers to stay in England, and in July 2008 joined MLS side San Jose Earthquakes.

In his first season state side he scored six times in fourteen games for ‘Quakes, was voted MLS Player of the Month for September, was announced as the Earthquake’s MVP for 2008, and in November was voted the 2008 MLS Newcomer of the Year.

He underwent hip surgery last season, and in September said he was ’99per cent certain’ that he would retire at the end of the 2009 MLS campaign.

Who is your Canary of the Decade?

Darren Huckerby 63%
Dion Dublin 11%
Iwan Roberts 8%
Adam Drury 7%
Robert Green 6%
Craig Fleming 3%
Malky Mackay 2%

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