Canaries swoop for Nelson
Norwich have signed Michael Nelson after he rejected a new contract offer at Hartlepool United.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 19/06/09 1:22pm
Norwich have signed defender Michael Nelson from Hartlepool after the defender rejected the offer of a new contract at Victoria Park.
The 29-year-old will officially join the club on 1st July after his contract with Pools expires at the end of June.
The Canaries are thought to have beaten off competition from Championship side Scunthorpe and fellow League One outfit Huddersfield to capture the former Bury centre-half.
Nelson became manager Bryan Gunn's third signing of the summer as the club bid to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
"We know all about Michael's qualities through Ian Butterworth's (assistant manager) connections with Hartlepool and I went to see him on a couple of occasions last season," Gunn told the club's official website.
"He will provide some extra solidarity at the back as he's a committed player who wins tackles and headers.
"The fact that he's chosen to come to Norwich despite interest from a few other clubs shows people see us as real contenders in League One.
"Michael is eager to play for us and that's something we're looking for in all the players we sign this summer."
Nelson highlighted that deciding to join the Canaries did not take long despite spending six memorable years at Hartlepool.
"The club doesn't need much selling to be honest," he said.
"You come and have a look at the stadium and the training facilities, it's got to be up there with some of the best in the Championship, never mind League One.
"The club as a whole, it's a massive club. Obviously knowing Ian Butterworth down here was a big help as well.
"Having someone I know on the coaching staff to come down to work with will help me along."
The fixture list has, perhaps predictably, given Nelson the chance to return to his former club a little earlier than expected with Norwich set to travel to Hartlepool before the end of August.
"I was there six years and had some quite successful seasons, but I enjoyed my time up there and made some good friends with the players," he added.
"I'm sure the club and the fans are focusing on trying to get promoted back to the Championship and that will get it's way down to the players to be focused on trying to finish as high as we can."