Norwich City old boy Joe Lewis set for European adventure at Aberdeen

Former Norwich City academy keeper .Joe Lewis has signed a two-year deal at Aberdeen. Photo: Angela

Former Norwich City academy keeper .Joe Lewis has signed a two-year deal at Aberdeen. Photo: Angela Sharpe. - Credit: Archant © 2007

Former Norwich City academy keeper Joe Lewis admits the lure of European club football was too good to resist after signing a two-year deal with Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen.

The 28-year-old completed a move north after leaving Cardiff City and Lewis is set to battle it out with Neil Alexander for the number one spot at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen finished 15 points behind champions Celtic last season but Derek McInnes' side will compete in the early qualifying stages of the Uefa Europa League.

Lewis never played a senior game for the Canaries but was part of a double promotion triumph at Peterborough United after making a reported £400,000 move from Carrow Road in January 2008.

'I spoke to the manager on the phone a few times at length and he told me his plans and I'm really looking forward to getting involved,' Lewis told Aberdeen's official site. 'Working with the manager is definitely something which attracted me to the club, he has got a good reputation so I am looking forward to working with him and also with Gordon Marshall the goalkeeping coach who also has a good reputation within the game.

'I've got a few friends who have played in Scotland and a friend of mine Kevin McNaughton was here. He told me that it's a great club and Aberdeen is a great place and that I'd really enjoy it. So I had no concerns about coming up here. I'm looking forward to pre-season and getting my head down and working hard.

'The European games were a massive attraction. Hopefully we can get through the first few rounds and get as far as we can. From what I've been told we've had a tough route the last few years so hopefully with a few decent draws we can go as far as we can. A lot of goalkeepers when they get into their late 20's and 30's become better players so hopefully I can do the same.'

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Lewis made 167 league appearances for Peterborough during a four-year stint at London Road and also earned a call-up to England's squad for a summer tour of USA and Trinidad but was an unused substitute in both friendlies. The stopper moved to Cardiff on a free transfer in 2012 but only made five appearances for the Bluebirds, before loan stints at Blackpool - where he played against the Canaries in September 2014 - and later Fulham.

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