Norwich City boss Chris Hughton completes signing of Leeds winger Robert Snodgrass
22:09 26 July 2012
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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton completed his third transfer deal of the summer when Robert Snodgrass put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Carrow Road.
Snodgrass leaves Championship side Leeds United for an undisclosed fee and will link up with former Elland Road team-mates Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson..
“Robert is an excellent addition to the squad and I’m delighted to add a player of his calibre to the team,” said Hughton.
“He is a player I have admired for a number of years now and he’s at a good age at 24, with some excellent experience from his time with Leeds.
“He’s also got that international experience with Scotland and is used to playing in big matches both with his country and at Elland Road.
“He had a good goal-scoring record with Leeds and obviously knows a few of the lads already with the squad well from his time at Elland Road and with Scotland.
“I’m sure, like Jacob Butterfield and Steven Whittaker, it won’t take him long to settle in with the squad.”
Snodgrass – long linked with a move to Carrow Road – said: “I’m delighted to get it done and dusted and now I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and starting the season.
“I firmly believe that the Premier League is the best league in the world, and when Norwich came in for me, I made the step because I believe that Norwich can kick on again.
“Sometimes this window of opportunity doesn’t come about too often, and I jumped at the chance.”
“What Norwich did in the Premier League last season speaks for itself. Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson kicked on for Leeds, and when you look at that, you think ‘I want to be part of it’ and try to get Norwich as far up the table as they can possibly go.”
Snodgrass has five Scotland caps and one goal at senior international level and scored 35 goals in 168 league games for Leeds. He began his career with Scottish side Livingston, where he played with current City star Wes Hoolahan in the 2006-07 season.
Snodgrass was Leeds captain under Neil Warnock, but now believes he can improve under Hughton.
“He’s different class,” he said. “His managerial record speaks for itself, with how well he did at Newcastle and Birmingham, and he’s another manager in my career that I can learn from.
“You can see from the way he carries out his business that he brings a lot of enthusiasm to the game, and I firmly believe that I can better my career by playing in the Premier League and learning from a different manager.”