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Canaries snap up defender Nelson

Michael Nelson
Nelson turned down the chance to stay with Hartlepool

Norwich City have signed Hartlepool defender Michael Nelson on a two-year contract on a Bosman free transfer.

The 29-year-old leaves the Canaries' League One rivals after six years and over 300 appearances at Victoria Park, where he was club captain.

Nelson told BBC Radio Norfolk: "When you come and look around the place, it sells itself.

"This is a massive club with one of the best stadiums in the Championship, let alone League One."

Nelson said there had been interest from the Championship before he agreed the switch to Carrow Road.

"Talks went on but there was no offer on the table as such," he said.

"In the end I had to make a decision and I think I have made the right one."

Boss Bryan Gunn told the City website: "He will provide some extra stability at the back as he's a committed player who wins tackles and headers.

"He is eager to play for us and that's something we're looking for."

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