Robert Snodgrass’ Hull deal did not hinge on Norwich City pay-off
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Robert Snodgrass’ club-record transfer move to Hull City did not hinge on a final pay-off from the Canaries.
The Scot’s protracted switch to the KC Stadium was completed earlier this week for an undisclosed fee, with the delay prompting speculation in certain quarters the proposed move had been in doubt over a contractual issue in the 26-year-old’s existing Carrow Road deal.
Snodgrass himself revealed City had rejected two ofers earlier this summer and Canaries’ boss Neil Adams admitted the midfielder did not agitate for a move away.
“Some players it has to be said will look to chase moves elsewhere,” said Adams. “He wasn’t like that and you saw in his performances what he was all about and the type of character he was. We didn’t have to sell anyone but the finances were strongly in our favour. Robert was an excellent player and certainly one we didn’t want to lose. He would have been ideal for us, but football is football and it is a good deal for the club.
“In terms of Robert he was great for me in those games at the end of the season and I wish him all the very best.”
Snodgrass was relieved to finally seal a move after travelling to Humberside towards the end of last week once Hull had met City’s valuation.
“It took a few days to get over the line but after some lengthy chats with Steve Bruce and the owners I was desperate to come,” he said. “It was very difficult to leave Norwich because I felt a connection with the club and the place. It is a lovely place to live, my children were settled at school there, so it was difficult but I am a realist. I understand when you are in this business you want to play at the highest possible level. I don’t just want to sit there in the Championship.”
The wide player believes the Tigers will get the best years of his career after agreeing a three-year deal.
“I’m in my prime,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of years in League One, a couple of years in the Championship and a couple of years in the Premier League. I know where I’m at and what I can do. Steve Bruce knows that as well and that’s why he’s signed me.
“I believe I can kick on again in the right team. This club’s got the personnel and the team spirit to keep moving forward. Hull City are on the up and I wanted to be part of that.”