Derby County and England Under-21 international goalkeeper Lee
Camp joined Norwich City on a three month loan on 8th September
2006. Following the transfer of Robert Green
to West Ham United in August 2006, and an injury to young reserve
Joe Lewis, Norwich were left with
only Paul Gallacher and Steve
Arnold as fit goalkeepers. Hence the swoop for Camp. Although
rumours speculated that Camp would be eventually joining the Canaries
permanently, this was dismissed by manager Nigel
There has been nothing discussed at this moment in time,
purely a three-month loan. He is back-up, support and competition
for the number one. He will provide us with cover for Paul Gallacher
and allow Joe Lewis plenty of time to recover from his injury.
He has got experience - he has played quite a few league games.
He is a young player with good potential and I am pleased he is
coming here and we can have a close look at him over the next
three months and assess it at the end of that.
Camp said "I'm ambitious and want to play and for whatever
reason I'm not playing at Derby any more. Norwich have given me
the opportunity to come and develop and hopefully I will be fighting
and pushing myself into the first team. That will be a test because
Paul Gallacher has had a good start to the season and is a Scottish
international. Hopefully I can put a bit of pressure on him and,
if the worst comes to the worst, just get the best out of him.
Camp graduated from Derby's academy side making his debut at
the end of the 2002/3 season, although he had been loaned to Burton
Albion before then. He went out on loan the following season,
playing a dozen games for QPR. He made 40 appearances for the
Rams in 2005/6 and has 95 first team starts to his total. His
last game was the 4-3 defeat at Colchester last month. His appearance
in Derby's 1-0 Carling Cup win at Stockport means he is cup-tied.
With the arrival of Stephen Bywater, on loan from West Ham, Camp's
chances had been limited especially with competition from Lee
Peter Grant's arrival as Norwich manager
saw Lee drop down the pecking order at Carrow Road as Grant brought
in Jamie Ashdown on loan from Portsmouth.
Camp looked to be departing from Carrow Road without a game but
Ashdown's reluctance to extend his loan stay and an injury to
Paul Gallacher saw Camp make his debut in the 3-1 home win over
Leicester on 28th November 2006. Lee returned to Derby in early
In early February 2007, Lee was loaned once again to QPR. He
returned to Derby early, on 25 April 2007, after a suspension
to Stephen Bywater left the Rams short of goalkeepers. Lee returned
to QPR for a third time on 27th July 2007 when QPR paid £300,000
Camp was placed on the transfer list on 13 October 2008 due to
the form of new keeper Radek Cerny. QPR's Sporting Director Gianni
Paladini told the BBC that "Lee's a good, young keeper
but isn't in the team at the moment and he wants to play. I understand
his position and we won't stand in his way. If he goes we will
want to sign another keeper". QPR have been linked with
Peterborough's Joe Lewis (2003-8)
with rumours of a £2million bid being prepared.
Lee joined Notts Forest on 20 October on a three month loan deal
from QPR. In his fourth game for Forest, he played against his
former club Derby County in the fierce East Midlands diary and
saved a 93rd minute penalty to earn Forest a point
Lee signed permanently for Forest on 4th July 2009 for a figure
rumoured to be £100,000.
In February 2011, he was cleared by FIFA to play for Northern
Ireland, despite playing 5 times for England's Under-21s. He qualifies
through a grandparent. Northern Ireland manager Nigel
Worthington said "It has taken a bit of time, but
the patience has paid off. This is a big plus and it is testament
to the quality we have in the squad that players of Lee's calibre
want to come and play for Northern Ireland. I have spoken to Lee
and he is absolutely delighted that he has been cleared to represent
the birthplace of his grandfather."
Following Forest's play-off defeat, Lee was linked in July 2011
with a move to newly promoted Swansea City.
When Forest manager Alex McLeish decided in January 2013 that
he no longer needed Camp, Chris Hughton
signed him on 23rd January 2012 (subject to paperwork being completed)
for Norwich as cover for Mark Bunn. Hughton
said: Lee will give us some really valuable experience alongside
Mark Bunn with goalkeeper John Ruddy still
out injured for a while. Hes a proven goalkeeper and hes
at a good age. He of course knows Norwich well having had a loan
spell here a few years ago and the deal until the end of the season
suits all parties. He will bring increased competition and will
also allow us the chance to search for a loan move for Declan
Rudd to get him some good first-team experience somewhere.
Camp had been linked with a move to Ipswich but said Im
delighted. It all came around pretty quickly and it turned out
to be a pretty straight forward decision in the end. Im
really pleased to be here. Its a six-month deal which
I think suits both parties pretty well. I think it would add a
little bit of competition and hopefully I can add to the experience
and competition already here. Any player wants to be in the Premier
League and Im very fortunate to be given this opportunity
to play at a Premier League club and challenge for a place in
the team. A few little things have changed around the training
ground since my first spell here, but obviously a different atmosphere
and feel about the place. I think it was about 6 years ago now
that I was here, how time flies, but it helps to already know
Lee made his second debut for Norwich on 17th March 2013 at Sunderland,
coming on as substitute when Mark Bunn
was sent-off. The game ended 1-1 with Camp beaten by a penalty.
He made a further two appearances for City.
Camp was one of ten out-of-contract Norwich players that the
club announced on 20th May 2013, would not have their contracts
Camp joined Dundee United on trial at the beginning of July 2013.
He then joined West Brom on a monthly rolling contract at the
beginning of September 2013.
On 31st October 2013, Camp joined Bournemouth on a a 28-day loan.
The Cherries brought in keeper Stephen Henderson on loan from
West Ham earlier in October 2013, but he returned to Upton Park
after dislocating his shoulder. Camp said as soon as he knew about
the interest from the Cherries, it did not take him long to make
his mind up about a move to the Championship side. "It
wasn't a tough decision. My position at West Brom is a supportive
role. I went into the club knowing that, however, you still get
frustrated and Saturdays are difficult watching the results come
in. As soon as I heard, I knew a bit about the club, a lot about
the manager and it was a no brainer. As soon as I found out it
was a yes." Camp's loan at Bournemouth was extended until
1st January 2014
He made 11 appearances for the Cherries during his loan. When
his short term contract with West Brom expired on 1st January
2014, he signed a two and a half year contract with Bournemouth.
"Discussions have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks
but we have come to a pretty speedy conclusion in the end, so
credit must go to the football club for how they have handled
it. Going into the Brighton game we weren't a million miles apart.
If anything slowed it down over the Christmas period it was the
fact we had three games in six days. I spoke to the manager at
the hotel before the game on New Year's Eve and I was fairly confident
we would all get to where we needed to get to, to make the deal
happen. Now I have something sorted, I can concentrate on playing
Although he lost his first team place to Artur Boruc during the
autumn of 2014, he was part of the squad which won promotion to
the Premier League at the end of April 2015.
Rotherham on 1st September 2015 after his contract with Bournemouth
Camp was not in goal on 1st April 2017 when a 1-0 home defeat to Fulham saw the Millers relegated to League One.
On 16th June 2017, Camp moved to Cardiff, signing a two year contract. "I'm really pleased to have signed for Cardiff City. The manager (Neil Warnock) has always been fantastic with me and I'm delighted to work with him again" said Camp. "Lee is what I call a 'Steady Eddie'," Warnock said. "Lee has always done well for me. The pair were together at Rotherham.