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REDMOND JOINS CANARIES

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15:30 4th July 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Blues forward arrives at Carrow Road

CITY can confirm the signing of exciting forward Nathan Redmond from Birmingham City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

 

The 19-year-old arrives to team up with former Blues' boss Chris Hughton, having made a total of 81 appearances for the Blues in a near four-year spell, which included Hughton's time in charge of the midlands club.


Redmond arrives as the Canaries’ third summer signing, following the arrivals of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido.


Speaking on the move, Redmond exclusively told www.canaries.co.uk: “I'm very happy. It looks like a fantastic Club, I'm just looking forward to getting started now.


“I know that there is only one football club in this city and it has an excellent fan base. The people around the football club and in the city that I have spoken to so far have attracted me to this Club so much, it's made me realise just how much this Club means to the people of this city.”


Speaking on linking up with his former boss Chris Hughton once again, he said: “He was very influential on my career at Birmingham. He gave me the chance to play and the chance to express myself every time that I stepped on to the field and I feel like on the bigger stage he'll do exactly the same thing.


“I'd probably say I've played some of my best football under him so far. Last season was a good one for me in terms of goals and assists and just general performances. Hopefully I can continue the form that I left off with last season at Birmingham.”


City boss Chris Hughton added: “Nathan is a young and exciting player that I had the pleasure of working with at Birmingham. He is a player that was of interest to us for some time and the situation has now come about that we can get him on our terms.


“He's someone we can bring in to the forward areas and primarily has played on either wing in his career so far, but can also play off the front. He's very keen to develop his own game, he's one of these lads that likes to be on the training pitch and is usually one of the last ones off the training pitch.


“I'm sure the move won't phaze him but this is still a part of his development and one he is very much looking forward to.”


Redmond developed through the Birmingham City Academy structure making his debut under then Blues boss Alex McLeish at just 16 years old. His appearance against Rochdale in the League Cup made him the second youngest player to make an appearance for the midlands club in its history.


But it was under Hughton where Redmond made his first real impact, playing a major part of the Blues’ Europa League progress that season, also helping to push the Blues’ to the Championship play-offs as they looked for promotion back to the Premier League.


Last season saw him further develop into one of the Blues’ most valuable assets, making 38 appearances in the league where he scored twice including a memorable strike against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


The Birmingham-born forward has also been capped at every England youth level, appearing for the under-16s  to the under-21s where he made his debut for the Young Lions in this summer’s European Championships.

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