By Abigail Withey
Newcastle United have confirmed that centre-back Grant Hanley has joined Championship side Norwich City on a permanent deal.
The Canaries confirmed on their official site that he had signed a four-year-deal at Carrow Road.
CONFIRMED: Defender Grant Hanley has completed a permanent move to @NorwichCityFC.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 30, 2017
The 25-year-old joined moved to St. James’ Park for Blackburn Rovers last summer in a deal close to £6million.
Throughout his debut season the defender made just 16 appearances, and scored his only goal during Newcastle’s 6-0 victory over QPR in the Championship.
Hanley was left out of all of the club’s opening Premier League matches of the current season, and instead made a single appearance in the club’s recent Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest where he picked up a yellow card in the 85th minute.
Football Insider verdict:
A move back down to the Championship is exactly what is best for both Hanley and Newcastle. Benitez clearly didn’t think the defender could step up to play in the top flight as he hadn’t featured in the competition since 2011/12 when he was with Blackburn. The move will give Benitez the ammunition and funds he needs to secure a last-minute deal in the final hours of deadline day, and he could pursue one of the goalkeepers he has been so actively seeking. There are still a few players which the boss will undoubtably want to offload before Thursday’s deadline, but Hanley is a great start.
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