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CITY SWOOP FOR HOOPER

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13:21 26th July 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Striker is Hughton's seventh summer signing

CITY are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Gary Hooper from Celtic for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal - with the Club having an option on a further year.

The 25-year-old becomes City boss Chris Hughton’s seventh summer signing after making the switch back to English football following a hugely-successful stint with SPL champions Celtic.

Hooper started his career as a youngster with Spurs and then joined Grays in 2005, scoring eight goals in 37 appearances for them before moving to Southend United on a free transfer in August 2006. Grays won a Conference South title and the FA Trophy twice during his time there.

He scored four goals in 44 appearances for Southend but also had two loan spells, scoring two goals in four games for Leyton Orient in 2007 and finding the net 11 times in 19 games for Hereford the following year as he helped them win promotion from League Two.

Hooper made a £175,000 switch to Scunthorpe United in 2008 and his career really took off at this point, as he fired in 50 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions in his two seasons with the Iron. He was voted Scunthorpe’s player of the season in 2008-09, helping them to achieve promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

His prolific scoring for Scunthorpe persuaded Celtic to make a £2.4m swoop for him in July 2010 and he’s gone on to rack up 82 goals in 137 appearances for the Scottish giants. Hooper was Celtic’s top scorer for three consecutive seasons in 2010-11 (22 goals), 2011-12 (29) and 2012-13 (31).

Celtic have won two SPL titles and two Scottish FA Cups during Hooper’s time with them and he has won the SPL Golden Boot in 2011-12 and twice been included in the SPFA SPL Team of the Year, in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Speaking exclusively to www.canaries.co.uk, Hooper said he was pleased to join the Canaries after months of speculation linking him with a move to Carrow Road:
"There's been a lot of speculation going back to January and I'm pleased to have finally put pen to paper and joined Norwich.

"I can't wait to get down to work, to get training with the lads and working with the coaching staff. I knew Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood from my youth days at Spurs so it will be great to be back working with them in the Premier League.

"I have scored goals at every level I have played at and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me."

Hooper said his new club came highly-recommended to him by former Canary loanee Fraser Forster, the Celtic 'keeper who won a League One title medal with City in 2009-10.

"I had a chat with Fraser about Norwich and he said it was a great club, with great fans and in a really nice part of the world. He said he really enjoyed his time here."
The striker also had a special word in parting for Celtic and their fans: "I just want to thank everyone up there for the past few years - the fans have been fantastic to me and the club have really looked after me." 

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