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Friday 26 July 2013

Gary Hooper reunited with Chris Hughton at Norwich City

The 25-year-old 'excited' at prospect of Barclays Premier League football after three years in SPL

Hooper is looking forward to joining up with Norwich manager Chris Hughton

Norwich City have strengthened their strike force by completing the signing of Gary Hooper from Celtic for an undisclosed fee.

Hooper, who has signed a three-year deal, is the seventh player brought in by Canaries manager Chris Hughton during the summer transfer window and the second striker to be signed during the same period, following the arrival of Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

"I have scored goals at every level and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me"
Gary Hooper

The 25-year-old started out at Tottenham Hotspur before spells in the lower leagues with Grays Athletic, Southend United and Scunthorpe United, where his goalscoring over two seasons attracted the attention of Celtic, who signed him in 2010.

Speaking to Norwich City's website, Hooper said: "I can't wait to get down to work, to get training with the lads and working with the coaching staff. I knew Chris Hughton and [assistant manager] Colin Calderwood from my youth days at Spurs so it will be great to be back working with them in the Premier League.

"I have scored goals at every level I have played and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me."

Hooper enjoyed three successful years with Celtic, winning both the Scottish Premier League [SPL] title and Scottish Cup twice. The striker won the Scottish Premier League Golden Boot in 2011/12 after scoring 24 top-flight goals and has been the Glasgow club's leading marksman in all three of his seasons in Scotland, producing 63 goals in 95 SPL appearances.

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Key Points

  • The 25-year-old striker joins the Canaries from Celtic on a three-year deal
  • Hooper eagerly awaits the 'exciting' challenge of Barclays Premier League football
  • Hooper was top scorer at Celtic in all three seasons he played for the Scottish Premier League champions