Canaries academy product seals Championship move after success with Lincoln
PUBLISHED: 19:04 17 January 2020 | UPDATED: 20:24 17 January 2020
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One of Norwich City’s FA Youth Cup winners has earned a Championship move, with Harry Toffolo sealing a switch from Lincoln to Huddersfield.
The 24-year-old has joined his former Lincoln boss Danny Cowley at Huddersfield, as his contract was due to expire this summer, making a cut-price deal possible.
The switch was confirmed this evening, for an undisclosed fee, with the full-back signing a contract until the summer of 2022, with a club option for a further year.
Toffolo joined Norwich at under-14 level and was a key part of the team which won the Youth Cup in 2013 under Neil Adams, beating Chelsea in the final alongside players including the Murphy twins, Carlton Morris and Cameron Norman.
Morris is the only member of that successful U18 squad still on the books at City, recently returning to League One on loan with MK Dons, while Norman is playing for Walsall in League Two. Josh Murphy was sold to Cardiff in 2018 in a deal worth over £10million and is back in the Championship now, as is brother Jacob, who was sold to Newcastle for around £12m but is now on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
Toffolo however was released in January 2018 so that he could join Millwall, having made just two senior appearances for the Canaries, both in the League Cup, spending time on loan at Swindon, Rotherham, Peterborough, Scunthorpe and Doncaster.
While that move to south London didn't work out for the former England U20 international, he found his feet at Lincoln and had been a regular at Sincil Bank ever since.
He started every league match as the Imps romped to the League Two title last season, pitching in with three goals and nine assists in 52 appearances in all competitions - being named in the PFA League Two Team of the Season.
That success led to Cowley moving to Huddersfield in September as the Terriers tried to shake off their Premier League relegation hangover, having lifted Lincoln from non-league to League One, including a famous run to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2017.
Things have picked up under Cowley but Huddersfield still sit 20th in the Championship and just four points clear of the bottom three, also signing Wales international midfielder Andy King on loan from Leicester for the remainder of the season.
Toffolo has four assists and a goal from 32 games to his name so far this season but the Lincolnshire Echo reported that the defender appeared to be waving goodbye to supporters following a 5-1 home win over Bolton on Tuesday,
Huddersfield boss Cowley told his club's website: "Harry is a boy we know really well; one of the best human beings we have ever worked with. He's made some outstanding progress in the last 18 months and I don't think any professional footballer has worked harder for this opportunity than him.
"He's diligent, a great learner and has an A-star work ethic and attitude. These are essential qualities that we look for in players.
"As a left-back, he respects both sides of the game. He's very good in offensive moments, a strong runner, likes to overlap and enjoys getting into advanced areas. Most importantly, defensively, he's physical, robust, a good one vs one defender and defends the back post well.
"He's on an upwards curve and has earned the right to play at this level."
Toffolo has been given the shirt number three, ahead of a home clash with Brentford on Saturday.