Aston Villa sign former Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham
PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2017
Former Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass has returned to the Championship after signing for the Canaries’ rivals Aston Villa on a season-long loan.
The Scotland international will link up again with manager Steve Bruce, who took the former Leeds man to Hull City in 2014, signing him from Norwich in a deal worth around £6million – after eight goals in 34 games saw the set-piece specialist named player of the season as the Canaries slipped to relegation from the Premier League.
Snodgrass suffered a serious knee injury soon after signing and missed all of the 2014-15 campaign, returning to fitness when the Tigers were back in the Championship but helping Bruce earn promotion through the play-offs in 2016.
With Bruce then leaving before the club’s return to the top flight, the 29-year-old became a pivotal player for Hull and nine goals in 23 games earned a £7m switch to West Ham in January.
However, the goals dried up and he drops down a division to secure regular first-team football having only made 15 appearances.
Snodgrass told Villa’s official website: “I am delighted to join.
“I have had offers from other clubs but it was an easy decision to come here. You see the name Aston Villa with all its history, tradition, fanbase and it’s a place you want to come to.
“Seeing it in the Championship doesn’t look right.
“I want to be part of that journey back up to the Premier League. I am raring to go.”
Norwich have already played Villa away this season, losing 4-2, and the return fixture at Carrow Road is scheduled to be played on Saturday, April 7, which would be Snodgrass’ first reunion with his former club.