Norwich City confirm Gary O’Neil signing

Gary O'Neil has become Norwich City's third summer signing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. Gary O'Neil has become Norwich City's third summer signing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:14 PM

Gary O’Neil has been confirmed as Norwich City’s third summer signing.

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O’Neil agreed a two-year deal which was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon following his release from Championship play-off winners QPR earlier this summer.

The experienced midfielder had trained with Neil Adams’ squad last week and watched both Carrow Road home friendlies against OGC Nice and Celta Vigo.

The ex-Portsmouth and Middlesbrough man joins Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty as new faces for the Championship season which begins at Wolves on Sunday, but the 31-year-old is suspended for the trip to Molineux after his sending off in QPR’s Championship play-off final win against Derby at Wembley.

“I’m really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I’m just ready to get going now,” he said. “It’s a good club that has still got loads of good players, so hopefully we’ll have a good year. They’re keen to get back to the Premier League, they have fantastic support and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a great club it is and what a great area it is to live. I’ll get to Wolves to watch the lads and it’s important that we hit the ground running.”

City boss Adams is delighted to add O’Neil to his midfield mix.

“Gary’s a very experienced player. He’s featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield,” he told the club’s official site. “He was with QPR when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, so he’s the precisely the sort of player needed. The other players have been really impressed with how he’s applied himself in the three or four training sessions he’s had with us so far.”

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30 comments

  • Borderman...I agree Fer and Redmond could be off, though I believe keeping them for one more year could be a key move in getting us back up on the first attempt. As another poster said a while ago, my worry would be a club like Southampton could come in late on in the window offering us a combined deal of say £30m for Ruddy, Fer, Olsson, Redmond and Hooper and the board wouldn't be able to say no. And thanks MB....astute rather than spectacular is absolutely right. We aren't going to attract spectacular talents to play the likes of Brentford, but spectacular on paper is not always spectacular in practice.

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    CanaryDan

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • On balance I think I'd have to accept that. Can't see that Adams was ever likely to halt the slide in time. Especially considering the run in. Salvation needed to be assured well before the last five games!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Good point-but CH should have been given the opportunity to save us or go down with the ship!

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Perhaps it could be argued that if anyone "took us down" it was Gus Poyet!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sad Brewer- Chris Hughton is completely honourable, he never took as down Neil Adams did !

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Not sacrilege, Igno; fair comment. Mick McCarthy is a good ol` boi. It all seemed to go wrong for him at Wolves, but he`s working wonders with scant resources at 1p5wich. Kenny Jackett similarly struggled at Millwall, again with scant resources. He wasn`t sacked, he resigned, honourably (compare Hughton). Then KJ "did a Lambo" at Wolves. We must be party-poopers at Molineux!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • With the Old Farm derby closing in rapidly, woke this morning with a sacrilegious thought. If NCFC had been managed by Mick McCarthy last season instead of CH, would we still be in the prem? After all, he seems to have done a reasonable job without any money (Ipswich and Wolves). What might he have achieved with a debt free club that " doesn't need to sell"? Bring on the hungry Wolves!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Hi, tonyb, just spotted your reply. Ta! Shan`t get too worried about the currant bun - suspect they had a little gap to fill and found some old news. at least I hope so. I have a good feeling about Surs returning to the fold, though I did half expect him to go to Bournemouth, specially after we got Grabban. Btw: where IS Uncle Stew?!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • CanaryDan- Fer won't be here and probably Redman, thats why O'Neil has been signed, I prefer to see young players who can improve not players who's best years are gone for free! l

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I think it is, as CanaryDan says, an `astute` signing rather than a spectacular one. Spectacular ones don`t always work out. Ask Club-record signing, RvW. This chap seems like a right-footed version of Hoolahan but, as I`ve said already, perhaps a bit more combative? (though Wes is no w!mp). The new Bryceland\Lucas combo...? Massively experienced. Over 200 Premiership games. Successive promotions from the Champ (a bit like Malky...). It`s a 46 game season, there`ll be form & fitness issues (and cards), and we only have one Wessi. There is only one Wes Hoolahan, they broke the mould! I bet Uncle Stew would concur with that... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Underwhelmed. Don't see how this guy improves on what we already have.

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    Arbee

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Hmm, not too sure about this one. I guess he is good cover in case of injuries to Surman, Johnson, Fer or Howson, but I hope this doesn't mean that we are resigned to losing Fer.....

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    MikelSA

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • the picture will be clearer late on sunday afternoon. apparantly Figgis Undloved is available from forres mechanics

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Hope he can pass well from deep... Support for Johnson in the engine room??

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I really think we,ve got a good chance of staying up this season!!

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    paul ebbage

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Because Norwich don't give youth a chance? Redmond, Fer, Loza, both Murphys, both Bennetts, Howson, Surman, Lafferty, Rudd, Grabban and Johnson all have their best years ahead of them. The champ will be a long tough season...a wise experienced pro with plenty of Prem experience can only be a good thing!

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    CanaryDan

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Borderman - glass half full I see. This guy knows what it takes to get promotion - has managed it two seasons on the trot. Good luck to him.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • 31 years old-obviosly building for the future!

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    borderman

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Welcome aboard Gary I'm sure you'll be a crowd pleaser, just the sort of player we'll need to get stuck in against the likes of Ipsw'ch.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • An experienced addition to the squad for those rainy January midweek games when we need some steel in the centre of the park .......... sees a pass too, can only be good for through balls to the top 2 .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • The currant bun MB.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I hope that tabloid is just running slow, tonyb. All the signs were that Surs was for staying. I had almost expected him to stay on his favoured South Coast, reinforced when we signed Grabban. But you never know. Which tabloid?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • O`Neil and Hoolahan. The new (ish) Lucas and Bryceland. Just Englishman & Irishman vs Welshman & Scotsman. Solid citizen. `Took one for the Team` in the P\O final. Presumably a "free" + agent`s fees and sundries.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • in one of todays tabloids its stating that surman is off back to Bournemouth!so maybe o'neils his replacement and not fers.pity hes suspended for wolves as I think we could do with a 5 man midfield!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • OMG, struggling with all these initials, starting to mix up players with positions. At least G O'N is on message and looks forward to when the lads "hit the ground running". The impact will be like a bomb landing when we arrive at Wolves. LBAY. CYY. OTBC.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Shame we did not sign him a week or so earlier so he could have been given a run out in one of the home friendlies. However, it is nice to see a bit more competition for places.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • We are starting to assemble a strong good Championship squad... if we can keep hold of Ruddy and Redmond and maybe even Fer... all the better... with RVW, Becchio and Bassong probably off the squad shape will soon be clearer... just need more CB coverage now and we are done (assuming no drastic departures).

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    jops

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Hmmm. Not unexpected - but, with the excess now of midfielders (Surman also looking like he will be in the frame) I guess we can shortly expect news of one or two MFs leaving....

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Practical,useful addition to the squad.Can not emphasise how heartening it is to see greater strength in depth being assembled for the demanding season that lies ahead. Reflects our manager's common sense - what a refreshing change! approach

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    mardler

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Welcome to Norwich sir! I feel this is an astute signing from the club. If we can keep what we've got (tho appreciate RVW, LB and SB will all likely leave for various reasons) and add a decent CB and RB, I honestly believe we can walk the Championship!

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    CanaryDan

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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