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A warm Norfolk Welcome to Butterfield & Whittaker plus Welcome back Holty

Now the excitement and clamour of yesterday's press conference has died down a little, the news of new signings got a little over shadowed by Holt signing a new contract.

So we welcome to Norfolk , Jacob Butterfield a very highly prized midfielder who was also being chased by several other clubs, quite a coup for Chris Hughton to bag him.  Adept with either foot can play in midfield or alongside a striker , the lad has been likened to Paul Gascoigne in certain quarters; now that can't be a bad thing at all.

Also signing yesterday was ex Rangers defender Steven Whittaker, who was revealed the other day, but no less important to the canary Cause.  International clearence clearly came through for the player to officialy sign on the dotted line.  It is just the rants and ravings of newco Rangers owner Charles Green going in the back ground, with his public threats of taking players and clubs who sign them to the courts over his view of contractual issues. 

When asked if these threats worried him, Whittaker replied "No, not at all,"  he just simply wants to concentrate on making an impact in English football with his new club.

Of course we could not make a post with mentioning Grant Holt,  it is good news for the Canary masses that the big guy has put pen to paper after getting his third extended year;  which was what the player consistently said was a major part of the reason behind his transfer request.   Credit to Chris Hughton who from moments after being installed as City boss said that talking with Holt was a priority,  job done;   not only has he a gift for encouraging new players to sign,  his magic is extended to older pro's as well.

Reading between the lines the City board seemed to be standing firm over the extra year, but after speaking with Hughton,  who went to them after talking with Holty  they backed their manager in his wishes,  full credit to them also proving they are not too big to back down. 

While Holt took the action he did or his own reasons and in truth nobody can blame him for standing up for himself and his family, he was big enough  to do an about turn when his wishes were met, thus keeping his word.  A sorry episode has been put to bed, whether it should have been so drawn out with much of it in public is debatable, but the end result possibily outweighs the arguments. 

I just hope that Holty hasn't burnt too many bridges with the Yellow army, and that the majority will still be behind the big guy when the season starts.

A very impressive start for Chris Hughton in his new life as City manager


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