Brighton midfielder Elliott Bennett has finally completed his transfer to Premier League new-boys Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. The protracted deal had been ongoing since the Canaries had a bid for Bennett turned down in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old handed in a transfer request as a result, but has now moved to Carrow Road on a three-year deal. Following his move, Bennett said: "It's an unbelievable opportunity for me to fight for a place in a team which will be playing in the Premier League. "I like the mentality at Norwich City that has seen them get back-to-back promotions and I'm grateful to Paul Lambert for giving me the chance to be part of what's happening at the club. "I didn't make it through at Wolves, which was my home-town club, and Brighton gave me the opportunity and I'm grateful for that. "Now I'm just really excited about the chance to try to help Norwich in the Premier League." Albion did not want to part company with their winger, but manager Gus Poyet said he could not block another move. He told seagulls.co.uk: "I thank Elliott for the way he has approached the situation. He had a great opportunity to leave in January. "He understood how important he was to us and he agreed to stay another six months to help us get out of League One, but now it's impossible for him to turn down because of the offer and the level he is going to play. On behalf of everyone at the club I wish him well in the Premier League. "When I came to the club he was seen as just a right winger, but he's also been very impressive playing behind the strikers, playing the shape we played away from home and also in a disciplined role when we were chasing games. "I always say the best way is for everyone to get better together and that's the perfect situation, but sometimes a player develops quicker. When that happens it's difficult to keep them because we can't compete with the opportunities and salaries in the Premier League." Bennett had become one of the first names on the Albion teamsheet since signing from hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009. He bagged 17 goals from 100 appearances for the club.