Cody McDonald gives Norwich City the best of both worlds – Bryan Gunn
Norwich City have the best of both worlds in Cody McDonald, according to the man who brought him to Carrow Road.
Former Canaries goalkeeping legend and manager Bryan Gunn signed up the Isthmian League 22-year-old in February 2009 for the princely sum of �25,000 and a pre-season friendly.
Since then, McDonald has plundered goals – 30 in 75 professional outings – including a prolific year on loan at League Two Gillingham last season.
That, plus City’s meteoric rise to the Premier League, has seen a host of Football League clubs reportedly keen on picking up the striker – of course, only should the Canaries want to sell.
League One Oldham are the latest to be mentioned – joining a speculative list that already includes Charlton, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United – and Gunn believes, whether City opt to cash in or current boss Paul Lambert aims to give McDonald a shot at the Premier League, the Canaries are in a great position.
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“It will be down to Paul, but he is certainly one of those where if he is still at Norwich you would have him on the bench because he could get you a goal late in the game,” said Gunn. “I think he’s still developing and still learning – there is plenty for Cody to learn and if he was back at Norwich for a full term he could do that. And if he does go out on loan or if there is a transfer in the making, I’m sure he will do a good job for whoever. I think he is a really valuable asset, considering he only cost �25,000.
“He’s a typical striker. He will work hard for his team-mates and if you give him a chance at whatever level, he will score a goal. He is just one of those natural goalscorers, he finds himself in the right place – as he proved last year.”
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McDonald – believed to be contracted to City until the end of next season – picked up the League Two fans’ player of the year award and a host of end of season awards at Priestfield Stadium for his efforts.
“He’s a really nice lad, really humble and for him and his young family it was a great opportunity (signing for Norwich),” added Gunn, who now works for a sports agency in Cheshire.
“He feels privileged I think to be a professional football player, and you could see that from every game and when he came into training.”
Gunn added: “When I was head of player recruitment with Glenn Roeder we had a couple of scouting reports on Cody. One said he was a bit raw and it was difficult to assess him, so I asked what the score was – 3-2. And the how many did he get? Three. Another said he didn’t make the right runs. I asked the same questions: won 2-0, two goals.
“He may have cost the club a little more now through promotions and bonuses but, all in all, for that sort of money he was obviously well worth taking a chance on.
“I don’t even think it was a gamble.”