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Norwich City's Farke & Maddison up for monthly awards

Daniel Farke (left) and James Maddison (right) will be hoping to pick up their respective awards. Credit: PA

Norwich City's Daniel Farke and James Maddison have been nominated for the Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.

Head Coach Farke led his team to an unbeaten September which included a record run of five consecutive clean sheets and three away victories in a row.

Midfielder Maddison played a big part in the Canaries' upturn in fortunes, scoring stunning goals in wins at Middlesbrough and Reading.

Farke is up against former Norwich boss Alex Neil for the manager prize, while Aston Villa's Steve Bruce and Bristol City's Lee Johnson have also been nominated.

Maddison will have to see off competition from Wolves star Diogo Jota, Bristol City defender Aden Flint and Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to land his award.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning.

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Grant Hanley: 'I'm an old fashioned centre-half'

Chopper Hanley: Old fashioned centre half. Credit: PA Images

Norwich City's latest signing Grant Hanley has described himself as an "old fashioned centre-half".

The Scottish international has signed for an undisclosed fee from Newcastle United on a four-year deal.

He told the club's website "It’s a club with high aspirations and a fresh start for me. As a defender, I’m a bit of an old-fashioned no-nonsense centre-half and you pride yourself on clean sheets. We’ve got work to do on the training ground to improve that."

The Canaries defence has already shipped 15 goals so far this season.

Daniel Farke said: "It was clear to me that while there were some things about the team which are working well, our defensive line needs strengthening. Grant is a quality defender and is not just another option in the defence."

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