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20 August 2014

Versatile defender signs one-year deal with Canaries

CARLOS Cuellar has become Norwich City’s fourth signing of the summer after agreeing a one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months.

The 32-year-old, who left Sunderland in June after six years playing in the Premier League, bolsters Neil Adams’ defensive options for the busy Sky Bet Championship schedule ahead.

He joins Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty and Gary O’Neil on the list of recruits for the Canaries this transfer window.

“Carlos brings bags of experience as he’s played at the highest level in three countries. He can play as a centre-back and a right-back, and we’re brought him here to strengthen the options we have in defence,” said Adams.

“He’s a top quality player, so we welcome him into the squad and it will be great to have him available.”

Cuellar added: “I’m so happy and so proud to join Norwich City. They’ve given me the opportunity to come here and I want to pay them back with performances on the pitch.

“It is a big club but it is looking to get bigger and stronger and to move forward. I see the same mentality that I have of trying to improve all the time, so I think we’ll go hand in hand.

“I got the opportunity to see the Blackburn game live and the players did so well and played good football, scoring good goals so hopefully we can carry that on this season.”

The Spaniard moved to English football in 2008 as Aston Villa swooped to sign him from Rangers for £7.8m after a hugely impressive year with the Glasgow club.

He featured 123 times for Villa, which included eight appearances in the Europa League, before reuniting with manager Martin O’Neill at Sunderland in 2012.

Cuellar made 33 starts for the Wearsiders before leaving earlier this summer.

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