Defender Michael Turner joins on a two-year-deal
NORWICH City have completed the signing of 28-year-old defender Michael Turner from Sunderland on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The former Hull City man becomes Manager Chris Hughton's fourth summer signing, joining Jacob Butterfield, Steven Whittaker, and Robert Snodgrass in the City ranks.
Turner is a central defender with bags of Premier League experience, having represented both Hull City and the Black Cats with distinction at the highest level.
City Manager Hughton told Canaries.co.uk: “I’m delighted to be able to bring Michael into the squad as he is a player with a wealth of Premier League experience.
“At 28 years old he is joining us at a good age, and I’m happy to have been able to welcome him to Norwich City.
“Like with Snodgrass, Butterfield, and Whittaker, it’s nice to bring players in with a good amount of time left in pre-season so they are able to gel with the squad ahead of the first game of the season.”
A thrilled Turner added: “I’m delighted. The deal is all signed now and I’m happy to be here.
“The manager needs to want you first and foremost to get the ball rolling, and that was the key with Chris Hughton.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say good things about what he does and has done in the game, so I’m just pleased to be a part of his team.
“I was really impressed with Norwich last season. I was on the bench for the game at Carrow Road, and I got to see them play, so I was impressed with the players, the stadium, and the whole set up of the Club.
“I’ve picked up a lot of experience throughout my career, and hopefully I can add a bit to the squad here.
“I feel good. Last year I played just shy of 30 games, and now that I’ve come back to pre-season I feel stronger than ever.”
After beginning his career with Charlton Athletic, the Lewisham-born centre-half soon made a name for himself, and was awarded the Addicks’ Young Player of the Year in 2003-04.
A seven-game loan spell from Charlton to Leyton Orient in 2003 was followed by an initial one-month loan to Brentford, which led to Turner being signed permanently at Griffin Park for a nominal fee in November 2004.
His time at Brentford proved to be a huge success and after 110 appearances at Griffin Park, in which he scored three goals, the 6ft 4ins defender was signed to Phil Parkinson's Hull City in the summer of 2006.
Turner's performances were key for the Tigers in their 2007-08 campaign, in which they won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, and the rising star was named Player of the Season.
After his ever-present campaign for Hull City in their successful first stint in the Premier League in 2008-09, the defender secured a £4M move to north-east side Sunderland, amid calls from some quarters for an England call-up.
He played 77 times for the Black Cats, scoring one goal, which came in the 5-2 demolition of Wolves at the Stadium of Light in September 2009.