Gunn determined to get Marshall back
Bryan Gunn has refused to rule out the possibility of bringing Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall back to Norwich City next season. The 21-year-old shot-stopper is still officially on loan with the Canaries but is back in Scotland receiving treatment on his ankle, which he injured in the FA Cup defeat against Chelsea.
Bryan Gunn has refused to rule out the possibility of bringing Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall back to Norwich City next season.
The 21-year-old shot-stopper is still officially on loan with the Canaries but is back in Scotland receiving treatment on his ankle, which he injured in the FA Cup defeat against Chelsea.
Gunn, City's Mr Fixit, revealed that Marshall is one of a number of summer targets the club are looking at to strengthen their squad.
“He is one of many we are looking at but he is under contract with Celtic so his situation is slightly different from other people we are looking at,” said Gunn. “Therefore it's a different process you go through when you're identifying players.”
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Gunn added that the signing of Tony Warner from Fulham on a loan deal may not be the last piece of transfer business conducted at Carrow Road this season.
“It's something that we're always looking out for. We are looking at the injury situation but this changes daily. You might feel covered in certain positions but you know sometimes injuries do come along in football and you have to react quickly like we did with Tony - fortunately he was happy to come in.”
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Gunn is relishing his new role with City as club liaison officer and is currently busy building up contacts so the Canaries know which players may be available over the coming months.
“I'm always speaking to player's agents and clubs to find out what players are out of contract or what players the clubs might be willing to sell on. It's an ongoing process and you build up the relationships with the football clubs and the different people involved with the player and then hopefully the fruition comes in the summer months and hopefully we will be able to get a few more players in.
“I've spoken to many people across the country - football contacts, football friends and it's just really building up those relationships. It's important that come the end of the season we know which players are available and we are trying to get to them first before the many other clubs are trying to get to them. It's an important job and it's enjoyable.”
Manager Peter Grant brought Gunn into his backroom staff after finding his time on the training field was being limited by waiting for phone calls from other bosses or agents over possible transfer deals.
Gunn admitted his new role can be frustrating at times but believes he is building up a network of contacts that will help the club for many years to come.
“You have to be patient. You put the calls in and sometimes you get the calls back straight away.
“It's good to know that there are people there phoning you back and building the relationship not just for now but for future years.”