Pilkington will give Norwich City wing options
Norwich City conjured up the vision of taking on Premier League defences with two attacking wingers when they confirmed the signing of Huddersfield Town’s Anthony Pilkington.
The 23-year-old is poised to complete his anticipated move to Carrow Road for an undisclosed fee – reported to be in the region of �2m – and sign a three-year deal, with a further one-year option.
Manager Paul Lambert has already snapped up Brighton winger Elliott Bennett in a �1.5m deal and Pilkington, his sixth summer signing, will give him another wide option as the Canaries prepare for top-flight football for the first time in six years.
Pilkington made 105 senior appearances for Lee Clark’s Huddersfield and scored 25 goals in all competitions after signing from Stockport in January 2009. He was under contract with the Terriers until 2014 but handed in a transfer request last week.
Pilkington, back in training after suffering a badly broken left leg and dislocated ankle in March, said of his move: “I think it’s been in the pipeline for about a week or so now and I’m absolutely delighted to make the move, having passed my medical.”
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He told City’s official website: “It’s great to get down here. I met all the lads today and met the gaffer so yes, I’m absolutely delighted. Paul just told me to go and relish playing in the Premier League. He’s played at the highest level and he’s been a massive part of this club for the two years he has been here.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world. When you’re a boy you dream of playing in it one day. It’s great to see the club is on the up and we’ll be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League.”
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Pilkington played 40 times for the Terriers last season. He scored in six consecutive games in October and November, bagged 14 goals in all last term and made the PFA League One team. His injury kept him out of Huddersfield’s final promotion push and their play-off final defeat by Peterborough at Old Trafford.
He helped guide Stockport to victory in the League Two play-off final in 2008, scoring their second goal and setting up the third, picking up the man of the match award.
Lambert said: “I’m sure Anthony will be a big player for us there is no doubt and I’m delighted to be able to welcome him to the club. He was great for Huddersfield in his time there and he will add to the team for the season ahead. He is a player that can play on either wing which is great. He is a top lad and has a real enthusiasm for the game.”
Clark, City’s former assistant manager, dismissed reports of a �1.5m bid from Norwich in June. But an improved offer was reported to have secured the deal earlier this week.