LEWIS Grabban was today confirmed a Norwich City player
on a three-year deal, pending the completion of paperwork. The striker enjoyed a landmark season with AFC Bournemouth last season, scoring 22 goals as the Cherries sealed an impressive 10th place in the SkyBet Championship after promotion from League One. But what more do we know about City's new hitman?
Twenty-six-year-old Grabban was born and raised in Croydon, and after his talent was spotted playing for local schools sides he signed for Crystal Palace's academy at the age of 13. Just four years later he made his first-team debut for the Eagles in a 3-0 League Cup win over Millwall.
And Millwall would be the next permanent step on his journey, via loan spells at Oldham and Motherwell. Joining the Lions during the January transfer window in 2008, Grabban wore the No. 10 shirt and helped Millwall to the League One play-off final at Wembley the following year, only to lose out in a narrow 3-2 loss against Scunthorpe United.
A successful loan move to Brentford followed in 2010 but it wasn't until Grabban moved on once again, this time to League Two side Rotherham in the summer of 2011, that he really started to find his feet. The Millers finished 10th that year, with Grabban netting 18 times - almost a third of the team's total goals tally for the season.
His performance attracted interest from League One side AFC Bournemouth and a transfer to the south coast duly arrived shortly after the close of the season. He announced his arrival by scoring on his home debut against MK Dons and would later score a hat-trick against one of his former clubs, Oldham Athletic. They were salient moments in a standout season for the Cherries - Grabban eventually scored 13 times to help them on their way to automatic promotion to the Championship.
The striker's form continued to rise once the Cherries began their Championship campaign, scoring four times in the opening three games of the season. He'd eventually notch 22 times for the club in a year to remember on the south coast, and was rewarded by being voted Player of the Season by his teammates.
On joining Norwich, Grabban tweeted his thanks
to Bournemouth and their fans for a period with the club that saw him become one of the hottest properties in the Championship. Despite reported interest from several high-profile clubs, Grabban says in the end it "wasn't a hard decision
" to join Norwich, the club's "great" fans, and a manager in Neil Adams whose ambitions are as resolute as his own.
Welcome aboard, Lewis!
LEWIS GRABBAN IN ACTION