Grant Hanley looking forward to 'fresh start' at Norwich after Newcastle exit

Grant Hanley
Grant Hanley

Grant Hanley's looking forward to a "fresh start" at Norwich City.

The defender today signed a four-year deal at the Championship club after passing a medical.

Hanley helped Newcastle United win the Championship title last season after joining from Blackburn Rovers.

However, the 25-year-old found himself surplus to requirements in the Premier League.

"It’s a club with high aspirations and a fresh start for me," said the Scotland international. "As a defender, I’m a bit of an old-fashioned no-nonsense centre-half, and you pride yourself on clean sheets.

"We’ve got work to do on the training ground to improve that, so I’m looking to hit the ground running. I can’t wait to get started."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke said: "We’re really pleased to sign Grant, because it's clear our defensive line needs strengthening.

"He's a quality defender with very solid experience and is a leader too.

"I really like his attitude and his desire to come and play for us as well as the attributes he will add on the pitch."

Derby County agreed a fee for Hanley earlier in the summer, but couldn't agree personal terms with him.

Meanwhile, Jack Colback and Achraf Lazaar are expected to follow Hanley out of the exit door in the next 24 hours.

Midfielder Colback is wanted on loan by Wolverhampton Wanderers, while defender Lazaar, signed from Palermo last summer, is set for a return to Serie A.