Midfielder Ollie Norwood has joined Championship side Fulham on a season-long loan deal from Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion.
The former Manchester United trainee helped the Seagulls to automatic promotion to the top flight last season but with his first–team opportunities at the Amex Stadium limited he jumped at the chance of regular football with the Cottagers.
“I'm just delighted to be here,” Norwood told fulhamfctv. “Having played Fulham the last two seasons, the football they have played, it suits my style, it suits the way I like to play football.
“Once I knew of the interest I was desperate to get it done and I am very happy to be here.”
Brighton boss Chris Hughton also felt the move to the west-London outfit would be beneficial for the 26-year-old: “Ollie made a key contribution towards last season’s success,” said Hughton, “and this is a good move for all three parties involved.
“It gives Ollie the opportunity to play regular football. Fulham are getting an excellent midfield player, and we’ll monitor his progress throughout the season.”
He played 33 games for Brighton last term as they secured promotion finishing runners-up to Newcastle United, while he also has experience of the division with Coventry City (on-loan), Huddersfield Town and Reading.
Burnley-born Norwood, whose Grandfather hails from Belfast, now has 46 caps for Northern Ireland, 41 of them coming under current manager Michael O’Neill.