Norwich City confirm Angus Gunn has returned home, after academy product joins on loan from Premier League Manchester City for the 2017-18 season
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Norwich City have confirmed they are bringing goalkeeper Angus Gunn back to Norfolk, in a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.
The Norwich-born keeper – the son of Canaries legend Bryan Gunn – is currently preparing for this summer’s European Under-21 Championship with the England U21 squad, which also includes his former City academy team-mate Jacob Murphy.
Gunn, 21, left Norfolk in 2011 and was signed by Manchester City when his family moved to Cheshire. The big-spending Premier League giants were ordered to pay £250,000 to the Canaries in compensation by an independent tribunal, with further add-on fees to follow depending on his progress.
Now Gunn will return to the club for the 2017-18 season, and he admitted it’s an exciting prospect.
“I grew up as Norwich fan and ever since I was a little boy I came to Carrow Road for every home game,” said Gunn.
“It’s a great pleasure for me to come back and sign on loan. The main thing for me is to come and get experience, so to mix that in with coming to Norwich is a great feeling.”
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Sporting director Stuart Webber added: “He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper. It’s a name dear to the supporters’ hearts but we are judging Angus on being Angus, and we’re really excited to have him here.”
Gunn is yet to make his senior debut for Manchester City but featured as an unused substitute in the Premier League and Champions League on several occasions this season.
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The former Framingham Earl High School pupil has six England U21 caps and represented his country at various youth levels, although is still eligible to play for Scotland through his father.
He is yet to make a senior appearance in club football but is highly rated at Manchester City and signed a long-term contract in 2015 which tied him to the club until 2020.
The loan is set to follow Pep Guardiola completing a £35million deal for Benfica keeper Ederson, which is set to leave Gunn behind Claudio Bravo, with England number one Joe Hart also returning to the club after a season on loan in Italy with Torino.
The Sun reported at the weekend that Gunn was heading back to Norwich on loan and that is set to be confirmed in the coming days, taking the former Alpington Primary School pupil back to his roots.
His father, Bryan, made 477 appearances for the Canaries between 1986 and 1998. He later held various off-field roles at Carrow Road, including goalkeeper coach, before stepping up to succeed Glenn Roeder as manager for an ill-fated stint in 2009.
Angus is another in a line of Canaries academy keepers spotted by coach Colin Watts, encouraging him to convert from midfielder to goalkeeper after seeing him play for Loddon Grasshoppers under-nines. Now standing at 6ft 5ins tall, it looks to have been a good decision.
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The loan signing will follow the exit of Canaries number one John Ruddy, whose contract is not being renewed after seven seasons with the club due to his top-flight wages.
That led to the one-year option in Declan Rudd’s contract being triggered, bringing the academy product back after a season on loan in League One with Charlton.
The 26-year-old looked set to compete with Northern Ireland international Michael McGovern for the number one shirt, with 30-year-old former Portsmouth keeper Paul Jones and 23-year-old academy product Remi Matthews also still on the books.