Date:Saturday June 30 2012
Huddersfield Town have swooped to make Oliver Norwood their third capture of the summer after the midfielder agreed a three year deal.
The Manchester United midfielder's contract is due to expire on July 1st, and Town have pipped Championship rivals Barnsley to his signature.
The 21-year-old spent most of last season on-loan with Coventry City, who were relegated to league one last season.
It is believed that Huddersfield will pay in the region of £400,000 to Manchester United for the youngster. Despite him being out of contract, as he is under the age of 23, a fee would have been set by a tribunal in any case.
Norwood has never made an appearance for the United first team but he has had loan spells with Carlisle United, Scunthorpe & most recently Coventry City, where he did become somewhat of a fan's favourite.
The midfielder is already a full international and has made 6 appearances for Northern Ireland, making his debut as a substitute in 2010.
Norwood has a growing reputation for his passing & technical ability and a keen eye for goal; remember Scunthorpe away last season?!
Town manager Simon Grayson spoke to htafc.com:-
'I am delighted to have secured the signing of Oliver - he is a brilliant footballer and someone that I believe will do well for the football club.
'He is an excellent passer of the ball from the centre of the park and shows good composure on it - he will add a different dimension to our midfield. He is a young, full international who is full of desire and has excellent potential. He also knows Glynn (Snodin) well from when he was a part the Northern Ireland international coaching team.'
'Oliver turned down a number of other clubs to be a part of our team and with the Championship experience that he will bring; I believe he will be a key player for us. Manchester United offered him a new deal, but he wanted to leave to pursue his career, which says a lot about him.'
This signing could prove to be a real coup and hats off to Grayson for attracting Norwood to Huddersfield.
It is also interesting that even though Manchester United offered a new deal he chose to leave his boyhood team to come here, they obviously believe he has a bright future and I for one am looking forward to seeing him develop at Town.
Welcome aboard Oliver!
Date:Saturday June 30 2012
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