17:00 5th August 2014
by Ben Mouncer
Versatile midfielder agrees two-year deal
GARY O’Neil has completed his move to Norwich City, signing a two-year deal.
The experienced midfielder was released by Queens Park Rangers in the summer so moves to Carrow Road on a free transfer subject to the completion of paperwork.
O’Neil, 31, has linked up with Neil Adams’ squad but he is to serve a one-match suspension after picking up the first red card of his career in last year’s Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final against Derby County, making him unavailable for Sunday’s opener against Wolves.
“I’m really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I’m just ready to get going now,” he told Norwich City TV.
“It’s a good club that has still got loads of good players, so hopefully we’ll have a good year. They’re keen to get back to the Premier League, they have fantastic support and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a great club it is and what a great area it is to live.
“I’ll get to Wolves to watch the lads and it’s important that we hit the ground running.”
Adams added: “Gary’s a very experienced player. He’s featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield.
“He was with QPR when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, so he’s the precisely the sort of player needed.
"The other players have been really impressed with how he’s applied himself in the three or four training sessions he’s had with us so far.”
O’Neil started his playing days at Portsmouth, where he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2000 and went on to make 192 appearances before signing for Middlesbrough in the summer of 2007.
A move to West Ham United came in 2011 and he helped the Hammers to promotion at the end of his first season, featuring in their 2-1 Play-Off Final victory over Blackpool.
The former England Under-21 international was reunited with his former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers a year ago and featured 33 times in all competitions, scoring once.