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Norwich snap up Australian keeper

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Michael Theoklitos: 'They have so many fans here, I'm so pleased to be here'

Norwich City have signed a new goalkeeper, bringing in Australian Michael Theoklitos on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old, who also holds Greek citizenship, was a free agent after his contract expired with A-League champions Melbourne Victory.

Theoklitos, who had a three-game spell at Blackpool in 2002, said: "A couple of clubs in Europe showed interest.

"But I saw the facilities at Carrow Road and I was sold. They have so many fans here," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Theoklitos, Gunn's fourth signing of the summer, will be a contender for the goalkeeping jersey left by last season's number one David Marshall, who has joined Cardiff City.

Michael has always been the number one target this summer, so obviously I'm delighted he's put pen to paper

Norwich manager Bryan Gunn

He joins midfielders Matt Gill (Exeter City) and Owain Tudur Jones (Swansea City) and defender Michael Nelson (Hartlepool) as the Canaries' new additions for life back in the third tier of English football.

Theoklitos actually spent several days with the relegated League One club in March.

And manager Bryan Gunn, a great favourite in his own days between the Carrow Road sticks, said: "Michael has always been the number one target this summer, so obviously I'm delighted he's put pen to paper.

"Although other clubs were interested in trying to sign him he wanted to come and play for us.

"That is the kind of passion and commitment to Norwich City which I'm looking for in my players.

"We were very impressed with both his goalkeeping and also his personality. He will be a massive presence."

Twice selected by Australia but yet to make it off the bench, Theoklitos played 72 times for Melbourne Victory, helping them to this year's Premiership and grand final success.



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