Alex Tettey has signed a new two year deal with Norwich City the club have announced.
The defensive midfielder’s contract was due to expire in June and the very real prospect of losing him for nothing was looming.
Having been told that he wasn’t part of Daniel Farke’s plans at the start of the season, Alex soon forced his way into the side after a terrible August for the Canaries that saw them win just once and culminated in a 4-0 drubbing at Millwall before the season’s first international break.
That was enough for Farke and he brought Tettey along with the fit-again Timm Klose back into the team, along with a new signing, Tom Trybull.
Trybull and Tettey soon formed a midfield partnership and never looked back as City went on a club record run of five games without conceding a goal.
A friend of mine went to the end of season dinner on Sunday evening and chatted with Alex at length about his contract situation. The bones of this were that the club had offered him a two year deal but with a dramatic salary cut.
Alex knew he could get his current salary elsewhere but was torn because he loves the club and the area and his family are settled and he doesn’t want to uproot them.
He could move for the money and keep his young family in Norfolk, with a child about to start school in September but feared he couldn’t cope with not seeing his family every day.
By coincidence, my mate has a son who is about to start at the same school as Alex’s child in September and he suggested they could be fathers at the school gate together. Alex was apparently cajoled along these lines all night and gave my mate a big hug at the end of the night.
Clearly, the lure of Norfolk has won again.
Well done, Alex. You know it makes sense.
You can read more about this new deal at canaries.co.uk