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Ashley Barnes joins Norwich City on a two-year contract

Ashley Barnes joins Norwich City on a two-year contract

Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Ashley Barnes, who will join on a free transfer from Burnley after signing a two-year contract.

The 33-year-old helped Vincent Kompany’s side secure a swift return to the Premier League, notching seven goals and three assists in 39 Championship games.

Speaking after completing his move, Barnes insisted that Norwich’s ambition to secure top-flight promotion next season was part of the reasons why he joined them.

“I am delighted, over the moon that it’s finally done,” Barnes said. “I think the ambition to get back into the Premier League was the main thing.

“The conversations I had (with Stuart Webber and David Wagner) were brilliant.

“They showed me how they wanted me to play and how they want me to fit into the group, and I’m happy to push us forward and try to get us promoted next season.”

Barnes leaves Burnley as a club legend, having spent nine years at Turf Moor since joining the Clarets from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2014.

The experienced striker bagged 53 goals and 13 assists in 293 appearances during his time with Burnley and will now take on a new challenge at Carrow Road.

Norwich manager Wagner added: “We’re delighted to welcome Ashley to the club.

“It was very clear from our conversations that he has a real hunger and desire to continue to perform at the highest level.

“There was a lot of competition for his signature, which says a lot about how he is respected and valued in the game.

“I’m very happy to have this deal completed early, and we look forward to welcoming Ashley to the group when we return for pre-season.”

Norwich were relegated alongside Burnley last season, but the Canaries endured a difficult season, finishing 13th in the Championship.

They will hope Barnes’ acquisition can spur them to a Premier League return.

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