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Former Fulham midfielder Oliver Norwood wins third Premiership promotion

last updated Monday 06th May 2019, 12:06 PM


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Sir Alex Ferguson's prediction on Oliver Norwood has finally come true.

The Sheffield United midfield ace has won three successive promotions to the Premier League but never played a game in the top-flight.

But that's all set to change next season with Blades boss Chris Wilder ready to give the 28-year-old his chance to fulfil his Prem dream.

And playing in the big-time brings back the memory of hearing Ferguson's words of wisdom when Norwood left Manchester United in 2012.

Norwood said "I spoke to Sir Alex when I left and he said to me, 'You're not going to make it at Manchester United but one day you will be a Premier League player'.

"They were special and kind words, I'm not sure if he meant it or not but hearing that from the greatest manager of all-time gave me the drive, determination and belief I could make it.

"Playing in the Premier League has been my goal since I started playing at six and thankfully I've found a manager who will give me that chance".

Spells at Brighton and Fulham saw Norwood win promotion from the Championship but the Prem door closed both times.

Promotion king Norwood has taken the scenic route to the top, loan stints at Carlisle, Scunthorpe and Coventry while at United, before spells at Huddersfield and Reading.

It was at Brighton where his first promotion to the Prem happened in 2017.

Yet a heart-to-heart conversation with Chris Hughton saw his top-flight dream crushed.

Norwood said: "The manager was upfront and honest and told me the club were going in another direction and I respected his decision.

“I took the opportunity to go out on loan and Fulham was a good option.

I enjoyed the season but after we got promoted in the playoffs they wanted to get bigger and better.

“I wanted to stay but in hindsight, things have worked out perfectly for me.

"I'm lucky to have been part of history for three very good football teams.

Managers want different things and you have to respect that.

"I've heard you get more time on the ball in the Prem so hopefully it suits me.

I’m reaching my prime and I feel there’s more to come.































Source Phil Cadden at The Sun
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