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Grant Hanley: I'm an old-fashioned centre-half

30 August 2017

Grant Hanley wants to play a big part in shoring up Norwich City’s defensive efforts after arriving on a four-year deal from Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old centre-back completed a move to Carrow Road on Wednesday, having spent a solitary season on Tyneside with The Magpies.

A full Scotland international, Hanley previously represented Blackburn Rovers where he amassed 200 senior appearances and was named as captain while aged 22.

"Being able to come to a massive club and get games is a big motivation for me," he told Norwich City TV.

"It’s a club with high aspirations and a fresh start for me. As a defender, I’m a bit of an old-fashioned no-nonsense centre-half and you pride yourself on clean sheets.

"We’ve got work to do on the training ground to improve that."

Bringing significant experience of both the second tier and the Premier League, the former Rangers youth player is determined to make an immediate impact on his new side’s fortunes.

"I’m looking to hit the ground running," he added.

"I was away with Scotland and spoke to Russell [Martin] and Steven Naismith, who had nothing but good things to say. I’m just excited now and can’t wait to get started.

"I’m glad it’s done and the hard work starts now. I’ll be straight back up to Scotland before flying to Lithuania.

"We’ve got a couple of games so that gives me time to get everything sorted. I’m really looking forward to it."


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