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Grant Hanley

2017-
Norwich Career: 2017- 
Current Club: Norwich City
Date of Birth: 20/11/1991 (Dumfries, Scotland)
Nationality: Scottish

Biography

Scottish international defender Grant Hanley joined Norwich on 30th August 2017 from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee, signing a four year deal. Norwich's management were forced to act after conceding 4 goals in their two previous games (a 4-2 defeat at Aston Villa and a 4-0 defeat at Millwall). Manager Daniel Farke said "It is clear our defensive line needs strengthening, Grant is a quality defender with very solid experience and is a leader too. I really like his attitude and his desire to come and play for us as well as the attributes he will add on the pitch."

Hanley was involved at youth level with local club Queen of the South before joining Crewe's academy in 2004. He moved to Rangers in 2006 but returned to England in 2008 to join Blackburn Rovers where he captained the Under-18 side. Hanley made his Premier League debut for Rovers in a 1–0 win at Aston Villa on 9 May 2010. He made nine top flight appearances the following season and won his first Scottish cap on 25th May 2011 against Wales in the Nations Cup in Dublin (he had been capped by Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level).

In the 2011/12 season, he made 28 appearances but Rovers were relegated into the Championship. He was later appointed club captain and made a total of 200 appearances for Rovers.

On 21st July 2016, he signed for Newcastle who had been relegated to the Championship. He made 16 appearances, scoring once against QPR, as Newcastle won the title.

Hanley made his Norwich debut as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Birmingham on 9th September 2017. Similar substitute appearances followed against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough (both won 1-0 away from home).


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