Date: 14th May 2015 at 7:08pm
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New manager Gary Brabin has made his first capture of the summer in the shape of striker James Norwood.

The 24 year old’s new contract with Tranmere will come into effect on July 1 of this year when he joins up with his team mates for the first time for pre season training.

Norwood started his career at Exeter City, and has spent the last four years with Forest Green Rovers, scoring 49 goals in 165 appearances.

He has also scored four times in seven appearances for the England C side.

Speaking to the Official Site as the signing was announced, Brabin explained.

‘I`m delighted to make James my first signing. He was someone I knew I wanted to bring to the Club the day I became manager. He`s got a good scoring record in the Conference and I know he can get better. But he`s got more than goals to his game, he`s someone who will work his socks off up front and make life difficult for the opposition. He had interest from League One and League Two clubs but he wanted to be a part of our plans here and I`m really pleased to be able to add him to my squad.’

In an additional inteview Brabin added that Norwood was his top target so he’s delighted to have got him through the door first, but he won’t be the last.

‘He was my top target. He’s a player who I’ve watched over the last few years and he’s somebody who I think has the ability to play at a higher level. He’s a gutsy player, he works hard and has a great attitude. One of things I said when I came in is that I want to see a bit more fight in the team and I think he has certainly got that, but he scores goals as well. I think it’s a real coup for the club and I think it’s a fantastic move for the lad. There were a lot of people who were interested in him and we’ve had to work hard to entice him here so we’re glad to say we’ve got him.’

Brabin added that he believes he has the potential to bring goals to the side and be a 20 goal man for us.

‘We’ve managed to achieve this signing but we’re not going to stop there because we can’t rely on just one person to score goals but James is certainly a part of that.’

Having penned his two year deal, Norwood said for himself.

‘I’m really happy to be here and really happy to work under Gary. He’s a great manager, he was at Cambridge and Luton and did well there so I’m happy to be playing for him. I spoke to Gary a couple of times before I came up and he told me the role within the team he wants me to play and that suits me perfectly so I’m looking forward to it.’

He went on to add that for him Tranmere is a massive club and whilst we have a big challenge on our hands to get out of the Conference now, it’s a challenge he’s relishing because he wants to help put the club back to where it should be.

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