Town Confirm Norwood Signing
Monday, 10th Jun 2019 19:43
Town have confirmed the signing of Tranmere striker James Norwood on a three-year deal with the club having an option of a further season.
As reported earlier, the 28-year-old travelled to Portman Road this afternoon to undergo a medical and complete the formalities on a deal which had long been agreed.
Norwood, who joins Town on a free transfer, was the country’s top scorer last season with 32 goals for Tranmere as they won promotion to League One and was named in his divisional Team of the Year.
He becomes Paul Lambert’s third summer signing after the capture of goalkeepers Tomas Holy and Adam Przybek.
As previously reported, the deal has been all but done for several weeks that Norwood was Portman Road-bound but he spent time in Magaluf with his Tranmere team-mates and then with his family before travelling south today to complete the formalities.
Norwood, whose goals helped Tranmere win promotion via the play-offs in 2018/19, bagged 23 goals as they won promotion to League Two by the same route in the previous campaign and returned to the EFL after a three-year stint in the Vanarama National League.
Eastbourne-born Norwood, who is 5ft 9in tall, was a youth player with Brighton, Crystal Palace and hometown club Eastbourne Town before breaking into EFL football with Exeter, with whom he made three starts and one sub appearance.
During two years with the Grecians, he also spent time on loan in non-league at Sutton United, Forest Green Rovers and Eastbourne Borough, before joining the Green Devils on a permanent basis in 2011.
Following his release by Forest Green, the seven-times-capped, four-goal England C international joined Tranmere in the summer of 2015, going on to net 93 times in 180 games for the Wirral-based club.
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|Cloddyseedbed added 19:46 - Jun 10|
Thank goodness. I was reliving the Ian Crook senario. Good luck James Norwood, you'll do well here don't worry.
|jas0999 added 19:47 - Jun 10|
Great news. Could be a very good signing at this level. Certainly knows where the goal is. We now need to sign that creative spark in midfield to provide chances!
|Len_Brennan added 19:48 - Jun 10|
Good luck James, hope you keep up the recent scoring record for the next 3+ years.
|OwainG1992 added 19:48 - Jun 10|
Terrific early business this.
I honestly think this could be a massive coup for us.
|juniorblue added 19:50 - Jun 10|
I am very pleased with this. Hopefully he can inject some much needed goals in to the team. Welcome to Town James.
|howdonblue added 19:51 - Jun 10|
Great business Ipswich town for no transfer fee at this level .
|ronnyd added 19:51 - Jun 10|
Blimey OmyCampo, your,e slow off the mark.
|BeattiesBackPocket added 19:51 - Jun 10|
That kind of billy sharp nuisance up front we’ve been needing for a long while with goals.
|rfretwell added 19:56 - Jun 10|
He looks like a proper character by all accounts and surely cant fail to be more successful than Jackson and Harrison to date. Big blue and white welcome Mr N.
|ohmycampo added 19:58 - Jun 10|
Let’s hope he is better than we are all expecting. Darren bent
|thechangingman added 19:58 - Jun 10|
I've got to admit - I am VERY pleased indeed with this signing - our best for ages IMHO. Get in there!!
I bet I am not the only one already raring to go with the new season...
|Kirbmeister added 20:00 - Jun 10|
Credit to town for getting this done. Never thought he would actually sign.
|billlm added 20:01 - Jun 10|
That was quick he's in town, he's signed for town,luvly jubbly
|Welshblue72 added 20:01 - Jun 10|
Welcome James. Shoot us back to the championship. ⚽️😀
|Lightningboy added 20:05 - Jun 10|
Welcome James & good luck.
|runaround added 20:05 - Jun 10|
Brilliant news. Welcome James
|ShropshireBluenago09 added 20:08 - Jun 10|
This is superb news. This is one of the most important signings of the Evans era.
|DifferentGravy added 20:10 - Jun 10|
Great stuff, had no doubts he was signing considering his tearful reaction to Tranmere fans after the play off final. Excellent first touch and has the ability to play up top on his own.Most of all......he score goals. Lets get another striker, a centre back (really need a new centre back) and a centre midfielder who can also chip in with goals. Make the spine strong!
|martin587 added 20:10 - Jun 10|
Exceptional news and a great early signing.A proven goal scorer in the lower leagues but can only get better with the quality of our midfield.Good service means plenty of goals and I have great faith in James and Paul’s judgement.
|Saxonblue74 added 20:12 - Jun 10|
Well done PL. According to Norwood's interview on ITFC site 3 or 4 championship clubs were interested but our guvnor convinced him. Keep 'em coming Lambo!👍
|Saxonblue74 added 20:19 - Jun 10|
Ohmycampo, let's look to the future. Bent was great for us but that's many moons ago!
|herfie added 20:28 - Jun 10|
Oh no, what a total disaster. ME’s got a lot to answer for (again)!🤣
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