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Norwich City: Robert Snodgrass swaps Leeds United for Carrow Road in £3m switch

 

 

Leeds United Captain Robert Snodgrass has completed a move to the Premier League with Norwich City.

The fee is believed to be in the region of £3million, with £1.5m being paid upfront.

 

Snodgrass quit United’s pre-season training camp in Cornwall this week to enter discussions with the Canaries regarding a contract, now confirmed as a 3 year deal as of Thursday evening.

 

Since arriving in Yorkshire in 2008 from Scottish First Division side Livingston, he has served the Elland Road club diligently over the last 4 years, scoring 41 goals in 191 games for the Whites, including an International berth with Scotland during this time.

He was appointed club captain on February 25th for manager Neil Warnock’s first game in charge.

Snodgrass enjoyed a fruitful second half of the season, attaining 13 league goals, and 14 assists – the second highest amount of assists in The Championship during the 2011/12 season.

Whilst also picking up the ‘Leeds Fans Player of the Year’ and ‘Players Player of the Year’ awards respectively.

 

His new manager Chris Houghton told the Norwich City website;

“He is a player I have admired for a number of years now and he’s at a good age at 24,”

He continued, “He’s also got that international experience with Scotland and is used to playing in big matches both with his country and at Elland Road.”

 

Snodgrass is not the first Leeds United player to make the switch south to Norwich in recent times.

Former Leeds club captain Jonny Howson transferred to the Canaries in the January transfer window, following the departure of midfielder Bradley Johnson out the door the previous July having failed to agree a new contract.

 

In contrast to his opposite number, Leeds United manger Neil Warnock, has expressed his natural disappointment of losing a key player in his squad.

“I can honestly say that in all my time in football, I’ve never worked as hard in trying to keep a player. He was offered the best contract, the captaincy, and we would of built a team around him so I am very disappointed”

“He’s made it clear what he wants to do and he’s had his head turned. He wants to play in the Premier League.”

 

Robert’s final appearance in a Leeds United shirt came in a 6-0 friendly win against Devonshire outfit Tavistock, playing the opening 68 minutes.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Mancwhite

    30 July, 2012 at 12:35

    Another player who instead of working hard and making himself a legend at Elland Road chooses to make up the numbers at a second rate never has been never will be backwater club.

  2. Trev

    30 July, 2012 at 12:40

    Is this supposed to be News ? ! !

  3. Dennis thirkell

    30 July, 2012 at 12:43

    Its all greed all player who have left Leeds in the past 18 months were greedy and Leeds should pay a little bit more to keep them

  4. Rich

    30 July, 2012 at 13:15

    Yeh I think its a culmination of factors;

    the players ambition to better themselves, progress their career by playing at the ‘highest level’

    but also, as we cant escape from, football is a business, money fuels that business, but to be more flippant…we all know what Bates is like!

    If Leeds could have kept the players and had the financial clout to do so; the team that made history at old trafford on January 3rd 2010, we can only fantisize about where the club ‘might’ be.

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