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Webber on Watkins: Marley is the perfect fit

1 June 2017

SPORTING Director Stuart Webber says Norwich City’s capture of Marley Watkins is a prime example of the type of player he wants to help bring to Carrow Road.

The 26-year-old forward is set to join the Canaries on a free transfer from the start of July, once his contract at fellow Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley expires.

"It’s a signing which epitomises what we’re now trying to do," Webber told following confirmation of Watkins’ impending arrival.

"Marley is unbelievably fit and unbelievably hard-working as well. He’s someone who can play wide, as well as through the middle.

"We’ve spoken about needing different types of players in the forward areas, so Marley very much fits into what we wanted."

City faced a number of rivals for the signature of the one-time Swansea City trainee, who recently received his maiden call to Chris Coleman’s Wales squad ahead of their upcoming World Cup Qualifier in Serbia.

"Having just been called up to the national team for the first time, it shows it’s not just us recognising his talents," Webber added.

"We fought off really stiff competition to bring him here so I’m delighted. He scores all types of goals and is tactically very good.

"We’re really pleased to have got the deal over the line and are looking forward to working with him."

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