27/06/2012 16:00, Report by Nick Coppack
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Norwood joins Huddersfield

Reds midfielder Oliver Norwood has turned down a new deal at Manchester United and instead agreed to join Championship side Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract.

The central midfielder’s current deal expires on 30 June and Town has agreed a compensation package with United that will see Norwood join the Yorkshire side on 1 July.

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Scunthorpe United and Coventry City, joined United at the age of seven and progressed through the club’s Academy set-up before agreeing professional terms in July 2009.

Born in Burnley, Norwood never made a first-team appearance for United, but impressed on loan spells in the lower leagues. Most recently, he was a huge fans' favourite at Coventry City, despite the Midlanders suffering relegation from the Championship last term.

Norwood told Huddersfield Town's official website that leaving United was difficult, but the lure of regular first-team football was too big to turn down.

"I'd been at United from the age of seven and I love the club - it was always my dream to play for

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Fact file

Oliver Norwood
Born: 12 April 1991
Place of birth: Burnley

Joined United as a trainee: July 2007
Signed professional forms: July 2009

Loan spells:
Carlisle United (Sep 2010)
Scunthorpe United (Aug 2011)
Coventry City (January 2012)


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