Norwich City had to act fast to head off Premier League interest in Conor McGrandles

Conor McGrandles has made a strong first impression on his Norwich City team mates. Picture: PA Conor McGrandles has made a strong first impression on his Norwich City team mates. Picture: PA

Friday, August 29, 2014
6:40 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams revealed new midfield signing Conor McGrandles was a teenager in demand after the Canaries beat a host of clubs to the Scot’s signature.

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McGrandles trained with his new team mates for the first time on Thursday, and Adams admitted the 18-year-old’s growing reputation north-of-the-border made it imperative City acted swiftly.

“He is a really good player who has attracted a lot interest, not only this season but last season as well,” he said. “There were a lot of clubs taking a lot of interest in him and one or two Premier League clubs in amongst that so we thought ‘let’s get him now.’ We have paid good money. Falkirk have said it’s a record signing for them but it is not huge money. He comes into the first team pot here. He will not be training with the development squad, he is in the first team dressing room, he will have a first team squad number and he will train every day with us. He might be 18-years-old, but he has played 70 or 80 odd senior games and you don’t do that if you can’t handle yourself. He can put himself about a bit.”

McGrandles will not be involved in Saturday’s Championship home game against Bournemouth at Carrow Road as he gets used to his new surroundings.

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11 comments

  • There has to be a link to the Peregrine Falcons nesting on the cathedral and the live feed from their nest set up by the Hawk and Owl Trust. There is a story there somewhere.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • "He can put himself about a bit"... is it me or does it look like the other guy in the photo has just been knocked out?

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    Lovejoy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Not a bad idea B Inners, how about a feature documentary on peregrine falcons. Hang on, I have it, 'The Canary and the Falcon' directed by Ken Loach.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Looks like an excellent signing , and will fit in nicely with the pack of City's " young guns " that appeared on Tuesday against Crawley . A Hoolihan Mk 2 ? - Let us hope so . I just hope these articles extolling his virtues are not the usual Archant over-puffing we have been subjected to down the years .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I follow Swiss' sentiment. It seems there's some intelligence going on and not just "well I hear he's great in Portugal let's throw money at him and see if it works". Grabban another prime example, I know it's early days, but astute signing of the summer thus far. And if all else fails, yes, Conor could try out for Kes 2: The Canary Calling. You read it first here.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • If it doesn't work out he could try for a part in a remake of Kes!

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    B Inners

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • A really exciting signing, I think. Perhaps brave, but at the same time I feel such a deal is pretty safe. Either he will be very valuable as a player for City over the next few years, or some other club comes in and pays the same or more than we paid for him.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I sometimes wonder what was actually happening inside Hughton`s cranium. Perhaps, like Father Dougall McGuire, of "Father Ted", there were little rabbits in there, operating the mechanism.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • It is shocking how many careers suffered during the mismanagement of the last couple of years. I agree that Adams is setting out really good plan for the future and the confidence around it is starting to build with the players, supporters and every one associated with the club. No wonder it is becoming an attractive destination for ambitious young players. Though it seems like the confidence of the Lambert era is returning, there is something different. In addition to Adams being more personable than Lambert, there seems to be a much more solid foundation than before and the players coming in seem to all be part of a bigger plan to balance skills, capabilities and experience. Lambert was good at getting the very best out of the resources that he had but it was not clear where it was going and there were some strange purchases. We have more cash now that we did but the overall picture is a lot more rosy than it was but we really need to use the momentum to get back to the PL this season.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • My thoughts exactly Mr Brew.

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    frankief

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • A bold recruitment and an equally bold statement of intent from Adams. It looks like Conor will not end up as the `new Butterfield`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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