Pilkington Signs For Norwich

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 06/07/2011
Huddersfield Town winger Anthony Pilkington has today signed for Norwich City. The fee hasn't been disclosed but it is believed to be in a region of 2.8 million. If true, this will be the highest fee recieved for a Huddersfield Town player.Pilkington Signs For Norwich

The 23 year-old has signed a three-year deal with an option of an extra year at Carrow Road having passed a medical. The former Stockport man signed for Huddersfield Town in January 2009 and went on to make a total of 105 appearances scoring 25 goals.

Pilkington was on fire during the 2010/11 season hitting 14 goals but he sustained a broken leg in March that cut short to adding to that tally. He had just recently returned to training with Town but shocked the club after handing in a transfer request citing he wanted to fulfil his ambition in playing at the highest level.

Pilkington told the official Norwich City website:

"I think it's been in the pipeline for about a week or so now and I'm absolutely delighted to make the move having passed my medical.

"It's great to get down here, I met all the lads today and met the gatter so yes I'm absolutely delighted. Paul (Lambert) just told me to go and relish playing in the Premier League. He's playing at the highest level and he's been a massive part of this club for the two years he has been here.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world. When you're a boy you dream of playing it in one day. It's great to see the club is on the up and we'll be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League".

Many Town fans had been angered by Pilkington's transfer request having just only recently signed a contract extension in December and announcing on Twitter how raring to go he was for the forthcoming season. Many fans were unhappy at the way he had treated the club after receiving the support he had been given by the club and the fans during his injury.

Whatever the feeling you can't stand in his way at testing himself at the highest level. His injury just shows how a footballer's career can be ended in a bad tackle or collision. Pilkington has the ability to play at the highest level and any fan would admit he is too good for League One football. Had we had been promoted it may have been a different story.

He scored some fantastic goals during his time at Town such at the free-kick at Hillsborough in the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and that 30-yard strike in the return fixture at the Galpharm live on Sky television.

We wish "Pilks" all the best for the future.

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