Norwich seal signing of centre-half Hanley from Newcastle

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By Alex Beard

Scotland international Grant Hanley has swapped Newcastle for Norwich today, after signing a four-year deal with the Canaries.

The 25-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from the Premier League side, and will hope to feature in back-to-back promotion campaigns following last season’s success with the Magpies.

Hanley started his career with Blackburn Rovers, going on to claim the club’s captaincy at the age of just 22. An uncompromising centre-back, he is well suited to the rigours of Championship football and will doubtless be a key component of Daniel Farke’s side.

Hanley spoke to Norwich TV about the move, saying: “Being able to come to a massive club and get games is a big motivation for me.

“It’s a club with high aspirations and a fresh start for me. 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.”

Farke said: “We’re really pleased to sign Grant because it is clear our defensive line needs strengthening. He is 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.”

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