Premier League newboys Hull City completed a triple swoop for former Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner, Plymouth winger Peter Halmosi and Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng on Wednesday.
Warner was signed by Fulham in 2005, after time at Liverpool and Millwall, and released in May 2008. Warner has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the newly promoted side.
Hull boss Phil Brown said: “We’ve also brought Tony Warner in and he arrives to give us a bank of three keepers who can all play at Premier League level which is great for us. They’re now in a race for that number one spot and from my point of view, let the race begin!”
Tony Warner admitted nothing beats the matchday buzz after his winning Norwich debut.
Warner was fast tracked straight into the starting line up after a whirlwind 48 hours following a season long loan switch from Premiership outfit Fulham.
The bubbly Scouser is determined to grab his chance after surviving a couple of heart stopping moments as the Canaries hung on to win at Oakwell.
“There is no substitute for playing games,” said the 32-year-old, Peter Grant’s fourth recruit between the sticks this season. “I’m really glad to be at Norwich. I hadn’t played for months and my feet haven’t touched, to be honest.
“The call came Thursday afternoon. I had to make a decision, get my gear together and get in the car. It’s a fresh start for me although it’s too early to say what might happen in the future. I’ve only played one game and it’s gone really well but we’ve still got 12 or 13 left.
“Fulham is a great club but if you’re not playing you want to be somewhere else. I went out to Leeds and started off well this season. Then there was a change of manager who had his own ideas and wanted to bring in someone else.”
Warner’s brilliant late reaction block to foil Hungarian dangerman Istvan Ferenczi was the headline act of his encouraging debut.
“A save’s a save,” he joked. “The lad headed it against me and I’m just there. You need a little bit of luck sometimes although you make your own and maybe I was in the right position. I was very impressed with the lads – especially the two centre halves.
“It’s not that hard to come in unless the side is set up to do something differently; without two centre halves and two full backs in front of you. People already know who they’re supposed to be marking and so on. It’s not down to me.
“The most difficult thing is remembering the names. I know they’re on the back of the shirts these days but they can be quite long winded and no one’s ever called by their proper names.”
Warner’s ‘settling in’ period was extended by a first half attacking masterclass from his new mates.
“It was a little bit surprising,” he said. “I knew we were in for a hard game because we got beat here with Leeds earlier in the season. They play a high tempo and with a strong following behind them it can be tough.
“The only disappointment was conceding so close to half time. We knew they would try to up it and press us back which made it a little bit nervy second half.”
With the signing of Jan Lastuvka from Shakhtar Donetsk Fulham keeper Tony Warner has been allowed to returned to Elland Road on loan.
The former Anfield trainee started the season with a one month loan at Leeds but was then called back to Craven Cottage at the end of the loan period.
While at Elland Road Tony “Bonus” Warner played the first five league games of the season, putting in some excellent performances.
Warner returns to the Leeds on a loan deal that runs until January and he must hope that a permanent deal may transpire.
Tony Warner will officially rejoin Fulham next week after making his final appearance for Leeds United at Sheffield Wednesday, and the expiry of his one-month loan deal has robbed Leeds of arguably their most consistent performer to date.
Warner’s error count over five games was virtually nil, and he is a player who Leeds would have liked to retain.
The 32-year-old’s Premiership wages may have hindered a longer-term deal, however, and his continuing value to Fulham was proved by their reluctance to allow him to appear in the Carling Cup win over Chester seven days ago.
Leeds United today strengthened their goalkeeping options by capturing Tony Warner on a one-month loan from Fulham.
The former Cardiff City and Millwall keeper has prevented a potential crisis for Kevin Blackwell by agreeing a short-term stay at Elland Road.
The United boss has a doubt over first-choice Neil Sullivan ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Norwich City, but Warner will provide Blackwell with a suitable replacement if Sullivan fails to recover from a dead leg.
Warner has been with Fulham on a permanent basis since the turn of the year, but he is not expected to play a major role at Craven Cottage this season with both Antti Niemi and Mark Crossley blocking his path.
Warner’s availability alerted Blackwell earlier this week with Sullivan continuing to receive treatment on his injury, and the 34-year-old Liverpudlian has the opportunity to earn a longer deal with United following the departure of perennial reserve Ian Bennett to Sheffield United.
Blackwell said: “We needed a little more quality. I’m hopeful that Neil will be able to play tomorrow. Tony’s got experience and this is a good chance for him to come in and show what he can do.” Warner made over 200 appearances during five years at Millwall, but the keeper’s career has slowed since his move to Cardiff in 2004.
The former Anfield trainee was taken on by Fulham – initially on loan – at the start of last season amid an injury crisis, but Niemi’s arrival in London in January has forced him down the order.