Canaries swoop for Johnson
Norwich City have announced the capture of Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson on a three-year deal.
Last Updated: 01/07/11 12:39pm
Norwich City have announced the capture of Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson on a three-year deal, subject to the relevant paperwork being finalised.
The 24-year-old has moved to Carrow Road on a free transfer following the expiration of his Elland Road contract.
Leeds and Johnson failed to agree terms over an extension, allowing the newly-promoted Canaries to swoop for his signature, as first revealed by skysports.com last month.
Johnson is relishing the prospect of testing himself against Premier League opposition week-in, week-out and he knows all about Norwich's current squad having played against them in recent seasons.
The former Northampton and Brighton man is now looking forward to pre-season training after finalising the move and meeting his new team-mates.
Over the moon
"I'm over the moon really to get the chance to play in the Premier League with a big club like Norwich City and under a great manager who I have a lot of respect for," he told the club's official website.
"He's done a fantastic job since he arrived at Norwich and that was one of the main factors in me signing with the club.
"Norwich have already got some good players there and I've had some great battles with some of them over the past couple of years in my time with Leeds.
"They proved they were a good team by getting back-to-back promotions, and another deciding factor was to join a team that enjoys playing football and is hungry and has got that desire to succeed.
"I cannot wait to join up with the squad and meet everyone, get training and get a good pre-season under my belt.
"I've dreamed of playing in the Premier League since I was younger and I feel I've done a lot of hard work to get there, coming up from the Ryman League now all the way to getting a chance in the Premier League, I just can't wait to get started."
And on his fifth signing of the summer, City boss Paul Lambert said: "Bradley's a strong midfielder and will come in and give everybody here a hand.
"He's played against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in the FA Cup so has played in that big game environment, and for a big club in Leeds United so he's used to playing in front of crowds. I believe he'll be another great addition."