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Orjan Nyland: When Norwich came along I wasn't doubtful at all

1 February 2021

After goalkeeper Orjan Nyland put pen to paper on a new short term deal at Norwich City, the Norwegian described the move to Norfolk as a 'no-brainer'.

"I’m really pleased," he said, speaking to canaries.co.uk for the first time. "Finally, the waiting time is over and I’m looking forward to getting out on the pitch and performing on it.

"I parted ways with Aston Villa in October and a couple of weeks after I had an episode where my back gave me lower leg pain. I had to take some time off just to make sure I got rid of it, so I had to have surgery. After that was sorted, I went through rehab to try to get back and find a new club which I now have and I’m really, really pleased about that. I’m looking forward to the time now.

"I’ve had a lot of offers but when Norwich came along I wasn’t doubtful at all. It felt like the right thing to do and I had good talks with the manager and the goalkeeper coach as well as the sporting director, so it was an easy choice really; a no-brainer so I’m happy to be here.

"They’re [Stuart and Daniel] really down to earth. It looks like a family club. They’re really friendly and we had a good chat for hours last time I was here a couple of weeks ago. It was a really good talk and felt like the right thing to do."

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Nyland has already played at Carrow Road once for Aston Villa, but has more recently visited Lotus Training Centre for the first time.

"I’ve had a look at the training ground and it looks really good," he said. "Obviously, there’s a new building as well with the gym and the facilities are really good. I had a walk around the pitches of the training ground as well with the sporting director and that looked good. I’ve played here before as well so I know the city and the stadium from before. It looks really good and I’m ready to go.

"I spoke a little bit with Alex [Tettey] the other day. He’s been talking great of the club since he’s been here and he’s really enjoyed his stay here which gave me the picture that I saw of the club. He’s enjoyed his time here and his family have as well so it was just confirming what I already thought about the club.

"I’ve been in this league and I’ve been in the Premier League as well so I’ll try to bring my experience and train hard every week and get ready for every game and contribute what I can. That’s my goal for the rest of the season really.

"I’m really pleased with the level that I’m at now. I’m still a couple of weeks off before I can sit properly together with the whole team at the club. We’re going to start working straight away on the fitness plan and hopefully I can be back on the grass in not too long of a time.

"I’m really looking forward to it and I’ve met many or most of the lads already and I’ve heard great stuff about all of them so I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting going."


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