Ipswich Town have signed Tranmere Rovers frontman James Norwood on a free transfer, per the club’s official website.
Norwood, the top scorer in Sky Bet League Two last term for the Wirral outfit, has signed a three-year deal with the Tractor Boys.
The 28-year-old had been a key figure for Micky Mellon’s team over the last two seasons, spearing an attack which earned back-to-back promotions from the National League and more recently League Two.
His 30 league goals helped Tranmere to promotion from the fourth tier via the play-offs in the 2018/19 season, which culminated with an extra-time win against Newport County in last month’s final at Wembley.
With Ipswich having suffered the opposite plight under Paul Lambert’s stewardship last term, their relegation from the Championship ending a 17-season stay in the second tier, the forward will have the opportunity to face his former employers in the new League One campaign.
And the striker claimed to have had offers from clubs sitting higher up the EFL pyramid, but appeared to have bought into the vision of his new boss Lambert.
“I had three or four Championship clubs make offers but I spoke with Paul Lambert and he told me how he saw me fit into his team,” Norwood told Ipswich’s official website.
Norwood looks an astute piece of business from the East Anglian outfit, having been one of the most prolific forwards in the National League over a number of years before carrying that wonderful form into League Two with Tranmere last season.
His time at Prenton Park ends with 92 goals netted in 189 games, that succeeding the half century he scored for Forest Green Rovers in the three seasons before then.
Making the switch to Portman Road will provide Norwood with his first taste of League One football since starting out his career with Exeter City in the 2009/10 campaign, for whom he made a handful of appearances in the third tier.