Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson

Position: Central defender

Age: 29

Born: Gateshead (Mar 23, 1980)

Height: 6ft, 2in.

Weight: 12st, 1lbs.

Date signed: July 1, 2009

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Signed from: Hartlepool United, Bosman free transfer

Contract: June 2011

City debut: v Col Utd H (Aug 8, 2009)

Former clubs: Bishop Auckland, Bury, Hartlepool United


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.

Central defender Michael Nelson became the club's third summer signing after agreeing to join City from Hartlepool United on a two-year contract. He cut short his honeymoon to sign for the Canaries.

A no-nonsense defender, Michael was strongly recommended to the club by assistant manager Ian Butterworth who worked with Michael during his time on the coaching staff at Hartletpool.

During his six-year spell at Victoria Park the 29-year-old forged an excellent reputation on the League One circuit and Norwich had to overcome competition from other League One and Championship clubs to secure his services. Nelson has captained both Hartlepool and his former club Bury and his leadership qualities will be vital.