Gunn recalls 'surreal' Norwich City loan as he prepares for Carrow Road return

Angus Gunn of Norwich celebrates at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwic

Angus Gunn enjoyed a season-long loan at Norwich City back in 2017/18. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Angus Gunn believes his Norwich City loan spell gave him a platform to push on in his career as he looks to recapture his form whilst at Stoke City. 

The boyhood Canaries fan is gearing up for a Carrow Road reunion this weekend as Michael O'Neill's play-off chasing Potters travel to Norfolk searching for their first victory in eight matches. 

Gunn has returned to the starting line-up in the last two matches after a prolonged spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury. The 25-year-old has been reflecting on his time with Norwich back in 2017 and credits it with launching his career. 

“It was a surreal experience, growing up as a Norwich fan and going to Carrow Road every week as a season ticket holder and then ending up playing there. Every week was a really good experience.

“I had to put that a little to one side because I had a job to do. I had to focus on playing the games and getting better but it was a really good season for me and flew by. They always say that time flies when you’re having fun and that was a really good point in my career and set me in good stead for where I am now.”

Stoke City goalkeeper Angus Gunn warms up on the pitch at halftime during the Sky Bet Championship m

Angus Gunn has returned from injury and is back in Stoke City's first-team. - Credit: PA

Gunn joined Stoke on loan on Deadline Day in the summer after falling down the pecking order at Southampton following their 9-0 loss to Leicester City last season. 

The former Framlingham Earl student and son of City legend Bryan Gunn admitted that joining Stoke was a necessary step to continue his development and recover from such a hefty defeat.

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“That was the thinking about coming to Stoke and getting a good club behind you and a good coaching staff and fan base. Hopefully just playing games regularly can help get back into my stride again really.

“After that happened I went away and tried to better myself mentally. I think I did that. It was a slow process and sometimes you need a change of things as well," Gunn told AB1GK Instagram page.

He added: “I was out for quite a while, about three months, and I was looking at it thinking I was missing so many games. Now I’m back I’m thinking there’s still a lot to play for and so many games.

“I’m really looking forward to the (final part) of the season. We’re in a good position. Hopefully, we can pick up a few wins in the next few games and be that team that goes on the late run and get into the play-off mix.”

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