BJORN Bergmann Sigurdarson has been described as the wonder boy of Norwegian football.
moreBJORN Bergmann Sigurdarson has been described as the wonder boy of Norwegian football.
But the new Wolves striker, who completed his £2.4m move from Lillestrom on a four-year deal today, has his feet planted firmly on the floor in learning all he can about the English game – thanks to one member of his family.
Sigurdarson's older half brother Joey Gudjonsson was a competitive midfielder who enjoyed loan spells with Villa then Wolves in the Premier League in the early noughties.
But Gudjonsson, now 32 and back in his native Iceland playing for hometown club IA Akranes, had spells in the Championship with Leicester and Burnley, who he helped win promotion to the top flight via the play-offs in 2008-09.
And the older sibling has warned Sigurdarson to be prepared for the demands of second tier English football.
"My brother was playing over here and I always followed him," said the 21-year-old striker.
"He told me the quality is high and it can be tough and you have to be at a high fitness level to do well.
"I'm ready to build up to that and will do my best to make sure I'm ready."
Jody Craddock was the last link from Gudjonsson's season-long loan spell with Wolves in 2003-04, which saw him play 11 league games under Dave Jones.
And it is not just the playing and management staff that has changed dramatically since then.
The temporary huts and potholed approaches to Compton of Gudjonsson's time have were replaced by the gleaming £3m Sir Jark Hayward Training Ground in November 2005, a facility which is in the process of being improved further by Steve Morgan's £7m investment to achieve Category One academy status.
"Joey told me a lot about Wolves but he's also told me the facilities are a lot different to when he was here," said Sigurdarson.
"They're a lot better now and Joey said it should be fantastic for me to move."
Sigurdarson also knows midfielder Eggert Jonsson, a fellow Iceland international who will help him settle in this week as he meets his new team-mates in Ireland.
"It's nice to get it all sorted so I can get out to Ireland and get to know everybody," said Sigurdarson.
Wolves pulled off a coup in signing Sigurdarson, with Everton and Fulham among observers of a player said to be the best talent to emerge from Scandinavia since Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
No-one was more influential to his arrival at Molineux than boss Stale Solbakken, who retains hero-like status in Norway, and Lillestrom, where he played and which is where Sigurdarson has come from.
"Stale is a fantastic guy," he said. "I know people speak really highly of him and they have told me it's going to be great for my career to work with him."
The transfer took a while to complete as Sigurdarson insisted on playing three final league games to help his struggling team.
Sigurdarson finished with 12 goals in 17 games for Lillestrom this season.