5. Michael NELSON

PUBLISHED: 15:02 02 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:05 02 November 2010

Micheal Nelson

Micheal Nelson

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The former Hartlepool captain arrived at Carrow Road in July 2009 to bring a resolve to the City defence that had been missing since Malky Mackay's exit.

Position: Central defender
Age: 30
Born: Gateshead (28 March, 1980)
Height: 6ft, 2in.
Weight: 12st, 1lbs.
Date signed: 1 July, 2009
Signed from: Hartlepool United, Bosman free transfer
Contract: June 2011
City debut: v Col Utd H (8 August, 2009)
Former clubs: Bishop Auckland, Bury, Hartlepool United

Season 2009/10 apps: 36 Goals: 3
Norwich City apps: 36 Goals: 3

Bury (01-03): 80 starts, plus 3 as sub, 16 goals.
Hartlepool (03-09): 302 starts, plus 4 as sub, 8 goals.
Total: 382 starts, plus 7 as sub, 24 goals.

It was not until the autumn that Nelson established himself in the side before an injury halted his run, but from mid-December he was a virtual ever-present.

Powerful in the air and strong in the challenge he never allows a striker an easy ride.

He netted City's promotion clinching effort at Charlton and title clincher against Gillingham seven days later.

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