VIDEO: Norwich City sign Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield Town
Norwich City have signed winger Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee in a three-year deal, with a further one-year option.
The 23-year-old made 105 appearances and scored 25 goals with the Terriers, joining Lee Clark's side from Stockport County in January 2009.
Pilkington handed in a transfer request last week reluctantly accepted by Clark - although the former Canaries' assistant boss stated Pilkington would only leave if Town received a suitable offer.
Pilkington has just returned to training after missing the Terriers' League One play-off push with a broken leg suffered back in March. The former Manchester United trainee signed an extension to his existing contract at the Galpharm Stadium until 2014 only last Christmas. Clark was recently forced to publicly dismiss reports linking Norwich with a previous �1.75m move for the wide player.
Pilkington told the club's official website: 'I think it's been in the pipeline for about a week or so now and I'm absolutely delighted to make the move having passed my medical.
'It's great to get down here, I met all the lads today and met the gaffer so yes I'm absolutely delighted. Paul just told me to go and relish playing in the Premier League. He's played at the highest level and he's been a massive part of this club for the two years he has been here.
'The Premier League is the best league in the world. When you're a boy you dream of playing in it one day. It's great to see the club is on the up and we'll be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League.'
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Manager Paul Lambert added: 'I'm sure Anthony will be a big player for us there is no doubt and I'm delighted to be able to welcome him to the club.
'He was great for Huddersfield in his time there and he will add to the team for the season ahead. He is a player that can play on either wing which is great.
'He is a top lad and he has a real enthusiasm for the game.'
Huddersfield Town Manager Lee Clark commented: 'I'm obviously very sad to see Anthony go, as you become a good manager by having good players - and he is very good.
'However, from day one of his arrival at this club I stated that he had the potential to play in the Premier League and we knew that this day might come.
'To be fair to Anthony, I don't believe he would have left the club to go to a Championship club. He has absolutely loved his time here and only the opportunity to play at the highest level has triggered his decision to leave.
'I have a mixture of sadness and pride over his transfer, but I believe he will be a success at Norwich. He is a fantastic lad and has done very well for this club - right until the end, when he has been fair by the club by letting us get the best possible deal.
'Obviously I know Norwich well too having been an assistant manager there and Anthony will be in good hands; they are second to none in terms of facilities and have an outstanding manager in Paul Lambert. I wish Anthony well; he will always be welcome back to watch us, which I am sure he will.
'His departure will give others here the opportunity to shine and it's up to the coaching staff and the players to find some new heroes for Huddersfield Town. Anthony and Lee Peltier should be the examples for our players in terms of the consistency of their performances.'
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle added:
'As I stated earlier in the week, I always believe when opportunities come in life you have to take them and as such I do not begrudge Anthony, who is a great lad, this move to the Premier League.
''Pilks' deserves his chance to perform on the biggest stage in English football and I am proud of the small role the club has played in helping him develop his talent.
'We did not need to sell Anthony for financial reasons but at the same time we did not want to stand in his way. We have secured the deal we wanted. It is a multi-million pound deal which could easily prove the best in the club's history.'
'Anthony will always be a friend of the club and I will be cheering him on to success in future.'