Ian Henderson (footballer)

Ian Henderson (footballer)

Ian Henderson (born 24 January 1985, in Thetford, Norfolk) is an English footballer who is currently playing for Northampton Town. He was released by Norwich City in the summer of 2007 after his contract expired. He is a striker, although he has also played a number of games as a right midfielder.

Henderson is a product of the youth academy at Norwich City and was heralded as a very promising young player. He made the first team squad for the first time in November 2001 when he was an unused substitute against Coventry City at Carrow Road. Had he come on and played, he would have been the youngest player ever to feature for City in a competitive match. His first team debut would come in October 2002 against Coventry at Highfield Road and his first goal for the club came the following month in a 4–2 defeat at Wimbledon.

The 2003–04 season saw Henderson win a first division championship medal as Norwich won promotion to the Premier League. He scored four goals that season - including 2 in a 3–1 defeat of Millwall - and created a number of goals for other players. He signed a new contract in the summer of 2004 but found it difficult to establish himself as a first team regular, making only a handful of appearances in the two subsequent seasons. His Norwich career suffered a further set back after he was out of action for 8 weeks with ligament damage following a tackle in a League Cup match at Rotherham United on 19 September 2006. After recovering, he signed with Rotherham United in January 2007 on a loan deal that ran until the end of the 06/07 season.

Henderson scored his only goal for Rotherham in the last home game of the season, a 4–2 defeat to Cheltenham Town. At the end of the campaign, Norwich manager Peter Grant announced that Henderson's contract with the club would not be renewed.

On 28 June 2007 he signed a two-year deal with Northampton Town.

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