Norwich City’s decisiveness convinced Lewis Grabban to make move from Bournemouth

Lewis Grabban in action for Millwall against Norwich City in the Championship, during the 2010-11 season. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Lewis Grabban in action for Millwall against Norwich City in the Championship, during the 2010-11 season. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, June 5, 2014
1:30 PM

Norwich City didn’t hang around in their pursuit of Lewis Grabban – and that’s what convinced the striker of his move from Bournemouth.

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The 26-year-old’s signing at Carrow Road comes with an undisclosed fee in excess of £3m on a three-year deal – and despite last month, Championship rivals Cardiff having their own bid accepted by the Cherries.

“It’s good to start a new chapter and kick on again with Norwich, and hopefully get promotion,” said Grabban, who scored 22 goals at Dean Court in his first full season at Championship level.

“It was the swiftness of how they moved – very quickly they put the bid in and then we came here to talk, and we were able to agree terms.

“I already knew a lot about the club so it wasn’t a hard decision. The medical is a long process but I was happy to get it sorted out.

“Hopefully I can put in good performances, work hard first and foremost, and then get the goals as well. So we will see how it goes.”

After decent spells at Millwall, Brentford and Rotherham, it was his season with Bournemouth that was something of a breakthrough for the Crystal Palace trainee.

Now Grabban, Neil Adams’ first signing as a first-team manager, hopes his latest chance will lead him to where City have just departed.

“I thinking the last three years I’ve been able to get a bigger opportunity than I have had before in my career,” he said. “I’ve been able to play more regularly and kick on in terms of my goals and performances.

“Obviously the main goal for most footballers that haven’t played in the Premier League (is the Premier League). It’s also one of the main reasons I came here because they’ve just gone down and hopefully they can keep their best players and go straight back up.

“So getting into the Premier League is definitely the aim. I’ve spoken to Neil and we’ve had quite lengthy talks. His ambitions matched mine and I think it will be a good suit, so that’s why it was able to move so quickly.

“I’ve played here before and the atmosphere has been great, the fans are great, so it’s exciting to be part of the club now and hopefully do well for them.”

35 comments

  • It's good that Neil identified something that we all knew and screamed at Hughton. However, as a winger himself and a great crosser of a ball himself he must also realise that no-one is going to score lots of goals witrhout service. Many fans are slagging off RVW, Hoops etc for their lack of goals but in honesty, with the ridiculously negative tactics of Hughton, Bewilderwood and Tripe they didn't stand an earthly. All were proven goalscorers, scoring for fun before those idiots coached every modicum of flair and attacking qualities out of them. As for Becchio, don't even get me started,he scored 19 goals for Leeds in the Championship before moving to this club and having his very soul ripped out With an ex winger as manager, an ex centre forward as his advisor, and a disciplinarian ex midfielder coach,I am lookinf forward to a far more exciting season coming up. On a completely different subject, wtf is all the real ale and beer comparisons that Brew and co.keep waffling on about got to do with a site supposedly dedicated to NCFC related matters

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • MB et al, Bournemouth area is a super place to live especially if you are earning good money. Was down there as a graduate back in mid 80's and loved it. House prices were out of control and I returned to Nottingham after a couple of years. Used to watch the Cherries regularly and still do from time to time. Nice club but never seemed particularly ambitious. That seems to be changing these days and Eddie Howe seems to be doing a great job.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Mattias ref Eddie Howe`s liking for the South Coast - the same may well apply to Andrew Surman. I feel sure he`ll stay there if a deal can be struck. Maybe it already has been. (Btw; I know you won`t read this until you`re back from work on Monday morning... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • How could I omit Hole`s of Newark!?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Aaah, Notts Yellow, Southwold Jack, Wiv & the others on the Nottingham\beer themes. There were some good breweries in Nottinghamshire. James Shipstone was one - was that in Old Basford? I was offered a job at Hardy`s & Hanson`s, Kimberley, back in the early 80`s (by a real Hanson!) but decided to stay with Greene King (who eventually took over, and immediately closed, H&H). There was Home Brewery in Daybrook and Mansfield Brewery in... the name escapes me ;-) I agree with Wivenhoe ref. the mainstream GK products. Ruddles County, Abbot, Old Speckled Hen have become very `samey`. Ditto Ruddle`s Best & IPA. Haven`t seen any ersatz Morlands around of late. The other end of the flavour spectrum to Adman`s - Bland vs Harsh. I have tried beers from both recently (out of lack of choice) and I find it difficult to drink more than one of either. Not like me at all! That said, some of GK`s seasonal beers and so-called "guest" beers from Westgate Brewery are very good indeed. They have a small `craft` brewery now. The commodity stuff provides the cash cow, the others keep those people who like beer interested! I nearly went to Nottingham University to study Pharmacy (what else!) but ended up down the road at Warwick doing Chemistry. An elderly pal of mine is a Nottingham Forest fan. He loved the anagram of Notts County I created for him to use on his County-fan grandson. (Unprintable here!). This chap hails from Long Eaton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Notts boys - my Evo Stik travels this season took me to the mighty Carlton Town on a bitterly cold Wednesday night. It was too cold to be outside so watched the entire game from the bar. A couple of lagers plus a beer described as Mansfield ale. When I went in the Victoria I think it was a Bass Charington house. I was house hunting in Beeston at the time. My girlfriend lived quite close to the old Home Ales brewery on the border of Arnold.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • DJ Fram - The story I read was results were not great and he longed to move back down south for family reasons and then the bournemouth job came up and its was a perfect fit really. Thats why I dont see him taking any job far away from Bournemouth again.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • El Dingo - Totally agree chap. Its not secret im not Bradley Johnson fan. Personally I hold him more responsible for our lack of goals than RVW because 99% of the time he gives the ball away meaning we will never pass are way up the field. When it comes to the muscle man job some say hes there for, he doesn't do that especially well as players breeze past him. Just my opinion on him and doesnt mean im right. I'd never resort to coming on a message board and being abusive about him though like some have on here about others. Its worst because they'd never dare say it to the players in questions faces.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • My friend who is a Cherries fan quoted "was best player last season-should score loads of goals in the Championship for you but not prem quality. I expect Surman will come the other way." He had a good manager at Bournemouth - Eddie Howe did wonders last season. Wonder what happened at Burnley with him?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Matt one of the troubles is that we rarely know the truth. I have heard all sorts of stuff about our strikers but dare not post it in case it's rubbish. I do believe the one about the destroyed confidence even the 1:1 sports psych could not restore tho. That's one reason I try not to badmouth players.

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    el dingo

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Walcor I can only echo your comments further down. Some of the stuff our fans blurt out is deeply embarrassing. The way i've seen people abuse players like RVW, Hoolahan etc....via the power of the internet is laughable. Just literally read a comment a moment ago about signing Grabban that read "finally, a proven goal scorer, now we can get rid of that waste of space RVW".....forget the fact RVW, Hooper, Becchio were all proven goal scorers before NCFC making his comment a non starter before the full stop, there is no need for the abuse. What happens 'if' RVW doesn't get loaned out or sold? What happens if RVW goes on to score 20 goals this season? Ill tell you what will happen, the same fickle fans will be singing his praises and likely moaning at Grabban for not scoring a goal every 2.3 games like NCFC stated 600 times in one interview on his arrival yesterday. It will likely make the news on here later today if its a slow news day but a small % of twitter using NCFC fans were up in arms last night after 1 user posted a photo of Hoolahan posing with a young Villa fan. Shock horror! I was reading messages along the lines of "get rid of the tw#t" & "terminate his life let alone his contract"....all for a picture that is likely very old anyway. We can debate and dislike players but draw the line at pathetic, childish abuse guys.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Lovely people, by and large. Only real disappointment was the Trip to Jerusalem - full of flashing lights and lagerboys:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Notts, Steely, Dingo - used to also play for Boots Wednesday on the Lady Bay pitch next to the City Ground. When Forest played on a Sunday, you would barely notice unless they scored. I used to watch Notts and hated all things Forest. Not sure why but still do. Great city though and had 10 good years there

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Steely Dan that is indeed the Victoria - did it still have the zoo out back then? It went rapidly down hill in the 80's was bought in the late 90's and became a real ale mecca. That is my local.

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    Notts Yellow

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • DJ_Framboise, I used to go to Beeston now and again when my lot (BASF) took over a fair chunk of Boots in I guess the late 90s. Used to stay at the Rufford Arms - you could see Meadow Lane from there. Funny how I used to steer my trips around the Trent Bridge Test...

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    el dingo

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Notts Steely, used to frequent the Beeston bars regularly as worked for 2 of the big employers there Boots and Plessey back in the eighties. Been a while now. Hope to make the Forest away game and catch up with old friends. Remember the day Gunny got injured there and we went into freefall afterwards.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, Unfortunately Adnams has Southwold sewn up. The Red Lion has Fosters but that doesn't really count! The Sole Bay Inn usually shows the City match though probably not this season :(

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    Southwold Jack

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • grabbon could be the answer to lead the line, so whom do we play off him.rvw,hoops or someone else

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • brew, re adnams and the 'change of palette', one wondered if this is caused by the higher production volumes these days. i find the other main suffolk brewer also suffering from this syndrome with old speckled abbott tasting a bit like ruddles ipa

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Notts - I recall going in a pub by Beeston railway stn. I think called the Victoria. It was all painted red on the outside. That was a bitterly cold day in January 1975. I can't remember the beer they were serving.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • MB - Adnams are being showcased at my local , I'm with you on the palate front something has gone wrong with their brew. BTW if you are a travelling fan when Norwich play Forest you could do worse than visit Beeston (a small suburb of Nottingham) where we enjoy many real ale pubs 2 of which are multiple winners of CAMRA awards and a third recently opened that has a sister pub currently the holder of Nottingham Pub of the Year. On topic - Lewis G 22 goals, 6 less than we managed all season, good work ethic it's a no brainer. But as a previous poster said it's all about the supply.

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    Notts Yellow

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • waclor, I believe Hughton is the worst manager I`ve seen at Carrow Road. Yes, worse than Gunn (at least he `fluked` Holty, and Michael Nelson was a good ol` boi). Also, BG had no money to spend. Roeder also had no money to spend, but he came across as not very nice too. Hughton had loadsa money to spend by NCFC standards. He tried so hard to come across as very nice, but I do not believe he was, not a bit of it. Filling his boots whilst emptying us of hope. Others on the list include Grant, but he had the decency to realise he was not quite up to it; Rioch underachieved, maybe The much-maligned Worthington at least got us promoted, then seemed to lose his nerve. Hughton was utterly useless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Oh and let's see some speedy wing play to set up lots of chances for the two strikers. Snods can control central midfield to leave Redmond\Murphy x2\Pilks\Little Benno to dominate the wings. Roll on next season.

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    waclor

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Looks like a very good signing but I am disappointed that some fans are using it as an excuse to abuse RvW. Give the guy a chance without the constraint of Hughton's tactics particularly the slow motion attacks. I guess at least one from RvW, Hoops, and Luca will be leaving and whichever goes is sure to have a grudge against NCFC forever. In reality it is Hugh Trollerwood they should detest as should every Norwich fan. Whoever stays, get behind them and let's have some goals next season.

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    waclor

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Southwold Jack - off topic here. Is there a pub in Southwold where you can drink cask beer other than Adnam`s? Now I`m a geriatric, I like to use my bus pass for a day out - as long as a beer or two is on the agenda! Back in the 60s, 70s and 80s, I liked Adnam`s but, alas, it no longer suits my palate. Or my palate no longer suits it. Either way, I don`t like it!! No.61 bus from Yarmouth gets to Southwold relatively quickly. Happy memories of brewers` p1$$-ups at The Swan, The Crown and The Nelson. All a bit green-wellie, gastro-bollox now, I hear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Agreed, TK. A target man. Horses for courses. Holt was a superb example. Glenn Murray or Chris Wood? I think most of us are still stunned by how bad our team was last season. 28 goals scored! 62 conceded ( a huuuge `improvement` over the 66 Freddy Krughton inherited). Despite our local hacks hyping them up as "The Great Entertainers" - because we beat a L2 side 6-3. Bury the truth, Archant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Quite right Southold Jack. Agree with your comments.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Meanwhile Aston Villa sign Phillipe Senderos!!! Roy Keane set to be assistant manager to, all they need to do is sell Benteke and ill be putting a lot of money on them getting relegated next season!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • The lad sounds like a good signing and it is nice to see some movement in our direction. Having read a post from a Bournemouth fan on this site, he seems to confirm that L Grabben works well off a target man so once again we are in the position of needing to fill that roll whereas we now appear to have 4 who can play the old fashioned number 10 roll or am I missing something.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Like I said in another post, this signing has a lambert signing feeling to it. Signing a player with a point to prove and hunger to get to the best league in the world. Sometimes thats better than signing an experienced premier league player who will want big wages and such. Vital issue to address though is how we get the ball to Grabban, Hooper etc...we can sign any striker but if the problems that existed last season remain it wont be no different. The footballing philosophy must change. Its a good start by Adams. Especially as this technical director and head of recruitment have yet to appear. Good sign :) OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Don't see it as a gamble. If he got 22 goals at this level for a team that, on paper, is nowhere near as talented then he should do just as well for us. It all depends if we can get back to an attacking style and if Neil can work on their attacking play so we don't seem bereft of ideas once we get in the final third. Poor Rickie can't be held solely responsible as no players were able to score freely in the negative tactical setup under the previous regime. I'd like to keep both Rickie and Hoops, we still have the forgotten man in Becchio who's proved he can score at this level, and now with Lewis we have 4 forwards who should be able to score for fun. Hopefully Neil will take a leaf out of PL's book and stick all 4 up front and just go for it when we're chasing a point ;)

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    Southwold Jack

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • An experienced Championship player with ambitions to play in the Premier League. As Graham has said, worth buying. Loan player Elmander is presumably long gone but not sure about the other strikers. City not in the market for prima donna PL players - who are no longer motivated by trying to get into World Cup squads.

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    Capri

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Looks a reasonable punt - and he`s already learned how to `Talk the Talk`, the Norwich City Way. Good lad. Shouldn`t irritate Bowkett too much.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • He got 22 goals for the Cherries last season so this sounds a reasonable gamble. Let's hope and pray he's not another RVW who must surely be on his way out now.

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    Graham Last

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Well he can't be as bad as Rip Van Winkle, upwards and onwards.

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    paddycanary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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