32 year old Cardiff
City striker Peter Thorne became Nigel
's third summer signing of 2005, after Jason Jarrett
and Matthieu Louis-Jean, when he finalised a two year deal on 1st
"I'm absolutely delighted to get a player of Peter's experience
and quality coming into this football club to add to an already
strong forward line. Peter will be a valuable asset for us for
the challenge ahead" said Worthington, with the Canaries
understood to have fended off late interest from both Sheffield
United and Leeds United in their quest to fill the departing Mathias
Thorne was Cardiff's record signing when he made his £1.75
million move to Ninian Park from Stoke City in September, 2001
but arrived at Carrow Road on a free transfer although Cardiff
would receive £200,000 if Norwich are promoted within the
next two years.
Peter began his football career with Blackburn Rovers, close
to his hometown of Manchester. 65 goals in 157 appearances for
Stoke City in a four year period convinced Cardiff to sign him.
He has scored 46 goals for the Bluebirds in 126 league appearances.
Although he had a year remaining on his Cardiff contract, Bluebirds
manager David Jones was forced to sell him, along with highly
rated defender Danny Gabbidon and James Collins to West Ham, to
cut the club's wage bill from an estimated £6 million a
year to £4 million.
Thorne made his Norwich debut as a substitute in the opening
day clash with Coventry on 6th August 2005. He scored just once
in eleven appearances for City in his first season and on 25th
May 2006, he was linked with a switch to Notts County managed
by Gudjon Thordarson who managaed Thorne at Stoke. On 22nd June,
it was speculated that Nigel Worthington would allow Thorne to
leave Carrow Road with Marm McGhee's Brighton leading the race
for his signature.
On 25th January 2007, the Daily Mirror speculated that
Oldham had made a bid for Thorne to join them on loan until the
end of the season with a view to a permanent move. Thorne was
released by Peter Grant at the end of
the 2006/7 season.
Thorne joined Bradford City in early July 2007 and blasted Norwich
for the lack of opportunities he had at City.
Peter was released by Bradford in mid-March 2007 by manager Peter
Taylor but was offered the chance to join the Bantam's coaching
squad. He had scored 15 in his first season, and 17 in the second
but injuries limited him to just five starts in 2009/10.