New City duo may be here to stay
David Cuffley City boss Bryan Gunn today admitted that permanent deals could be on the cards for new loan pair Chris Killen and Alan Gow if they impress at Carrow Road.
City boss Bryan Gunn today admitted that permanent deals could be on the cards for new loan pair Chris Killen and Alan Gow if they impress at Carrow Road.
The 26-year-old Gow has joined the Canaries on loan from Rangers for the rest of the season, completing a double raid on Glasgow by Gunn, who yesterday snapped up Celtic striker Killen, also on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Gow was flying from Edinburgh to Birmingham today to meet up with his new team-mates at the team hotel ahead of tomorrow night's Championship match at Wolves (7.45pm).
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New Zealand international Killen, 27, arrived on Saturday, trained at Colney yesterday and was set to travel with the squad this afternoon.
City are awaiting international clearance for both players for the Wolves game.
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Gunn said he would consider trying to make both moves permanent if things went well.
“I'm open-minded. If the guys come down and do well, it's a great opportunity for them,” he said.
“I've told them about the crowds, 25,000 fans that will be here and they're looking forward to performing in front of that. Which player wouldn't?
“So it's down to them to prove their worth. They're not our players at the moment, we'd have to have agreement from the other clubs, but I'm sure if they come down here and do well it will benefit all parties.”
For attacking midfielder Gow, it was a second chance to join City after former manager Glenn Roeder was understood to have changed his mind over signing him last summer.
Gow was also set to join Wolves for �250,000 last month but the Championship leaders pulled out of the deal because of a hip injury.
“We're delighted that he's joined us,” said Gunn. “There were a number of clubs after him. He's already played in the Championship this season for Blackpool, scoring five goals, and ended up with Mick McCarthy making a bid for him and trying to make it a permanent move to Wolves.
“We're delighted to have him here until the end of the season.”
Gunn had already given Gow the guided tour of Carrow Road and Colney during the close season but the move never materialised.
“He didn't turn it down. His part of the deal was all agreed,” he said.
“Alan had a good look around, I looked after him for a day. He'd seen the facilities, he'd seen the stadium, and agreed his terms.
“I'll let you decide what other reasons were for the transfer not happening - it was unforeseen circumstances,” said Gunn.
Gow could be given a striker's role, said the City boss.
“He played up front for Blackpool, he played in wide areas. I think he's classed as an attacking midfielder but I know he's played at Falkirk. I spoke to John Hughes, the manager there, and he played him as a striker and he scored lots of goals.”
He said both players “had been on the radar for a while”.
“Chris is probably frustrated that he's not had the chances at Celtic, but when I spoke to Gordon Strachan the other day he was singing his praises in terms of his personality and the way he plays the game,” said Gunn.
“It's an opportunity for Chris to come down and play games and show us what type of player he is. It gives us more numbers and a different type of player to what we already have.”
Another boost for the Canaries is that Darel Russell is available for selection at Wolves despite suffering a facial injury at Doncaster on Friday night.
“He had a big bump on his head but we had a little head tennis competition yesterday and he was heading the ball - not a problem,” said Gunn.
“It was good news that there was nothing fractured. He's got a little bit of a black eye but that's the type of people we want in the team, showing that commitment.”
Skipper Mark Fotheringham is suspended for tomorrow's match but will travel with the squad.