Lee Camp signs for Norwich City
18:14 23 January 2013
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Norwich City have signed goalkeeper Lee Camp until the end of the season on a free transfer following his release from Nottingham Forest subject to the relevant paperwork being completed,
Camp said: “I’m delighted. It all came around pretty quickly and it turned out to be a pretty straight forward decision in the end. I’m really pleased to be here.
“It’s a six-month deal which I think suits both parties pretty well. I think it would add a little bit of competition and hopefully I can add to the experience and competition already here. Any player wants to be in the Premier League and I’m very fortunate to be given this opportunity to play at a Premier League club and challenge for a place in the team.
“A few little things have changed around the training ground since my first spell here, but obviously a different atmosphere and feel about the place. I think it was about 6 years ago now that I was here, how time flies, but it helps to already know the area.”
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton said: “Lee will give us some really valuable experience alongside Mark Bunn with goalkeeper John Ruddy still out injured for a while.
“He’s a proven goalkeeper and he’s at a good age. He of course knows Norwich well having had a loan spell here a few years ago and the deal until the end of the season suits all parties.
“He will bring increased competition and will also allow us the chance to search for a loan move for Declan Rudd to get him some good first-team experience somewhere.”
The 28-year-old has played for the Canaries before - on a three-month loan from Derby County at the end of 2006 making three appearances and unfortunately scoring an own goal in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Most upset at the move might well be Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy, who had been hoping to sign the Northern Ireland international.
“It was touch and go with regards coming to Ipswich,” said a source close to Camp.
“Mick McCarthy was absolutely brilliant when Lee spoke to him, but in the end Norwich came in and the chance to go to the Premier League was too good an opportunity to turn down.”