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Gary Hooper signs permanent Owls deal

22 January 2016

Gary Hooper has returned to Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent transfer from Premier League side Norwich.

The in-form striker has signed a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Following a hugely successful loan spell at Hillsborough, Hooper now returns on a long term contract and is eligible to feature for the Owls on Saturday at Reading in the Championship.

The 27-year-old joined Wednesday on a temporary basis in October 2015 and made 13 appearances in total.

Hooper opened his account for the club in the clash against MK Dons back in December and entered into a prolific spell with six goals in as many games.

The former Celtic and Scunthorpe man scored his first Hillsborough goal in the 4-1 win over Wolves and starred in home victories over Bolton and Leeds.

During the hard-fought win over Wanderers, Hooper struck twice after the break as the Owls claimed a 3-2 victory.

Then in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday, it was Hooper’s double that settled the Yorkshire derby as Wednesday moved into the top six.

His move to Hillsborough will see the striker staying in S6 until the summer of 2019.

Hooper started out as a youngster with Grays Athletic and then Southend before productive loan spells with Leyton Orient and Hereford.

His career in front of goal really took off with Scunthorpe, for whom he scored 50 goals from 88 starts.

That impressive pedigree in the final third led to interest from SPL giants Celtic, who signed the hitman for £2.4m in July 2010.

In a three-year stint at Parkhead that included Champions League football, Hooper plundered 63 goals from just 90 league starts, which led to a £5m move to Norwich in the summer of 2013.

The 27-year-old scored 18 times from 38 starts, helping the Canaries to the Premier League via the play-offs last May.

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