Wales boss John Toshack has praised City’s recent swoop for Andrew Crofts, insisting that it will be a big bonus for the Dragons.
The new Norwich midfielder, who arrived from Brighton for an undisclosed fee on Friday evening, has 13 caps for the Principality, and ‘Tosh’ has indicated that he will be a big part of their future.
And Crofts will be able to enjoy greater exposure now he’s plying his trade in the Championship – something that will benefit Wales and, hopefully, the Canaries.
“It’s good news,” said Toshack, who had to do without the 25-year-old for the weekend defeat in Croatia after Crofts put the finishing touches to his City move.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Crofty, he is a good pro and his attitude has always been spot on for us – even when he knows he won’t be playing.
“Some of them, when they know they may be not playing, get their heads down a bit and don’t push the others as much as they should in training.
“But you certainly couldn’t say that about Crofty. You have to tell him to ease off a bit. We are all pleased for him, he is a super pro.”
Crofts, meanwhile, is also delighted to have got the deal done and after starring as Seagulls skipper last season, the Kent-born player will feel he’s deserved a crack at the second tier.
And in Carrow Road and those 25,000 packed houses, Crofts now believes he has the perfect platform to showcase his talents.
“It’s a massive club with a lot of ambition and it has a lot of history behind it,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk on Friday evening.
“I’ve played at Carrow Road a few times and the atmosphere has always been brilliant and I wanted to be part of that.
“You’ll see straight away that I am competitive, a passionate player. I like to get on the ball and make things happen.
“As soon as I met Paul Lambert I could tell what he wanted to do; he has impressed me straight away and can’t wait to work with him.”
City chief Lambert was also delighted to tie up his first addition of the summer and the fact that he has moved so quickly, at a time when transfers are traditionally put on hold, suggests he is a big fan.
“He’s been Brighton’s captain, a Welsh international and he’s played a lot of games. I’ll think he’ll do great for us. He’s a really strong lad and he scored seven goals for Brighton.
“He’s an experienced player although only 26, so I think he’ll do great and hopefully he’s going to be a big asset for us.”