‘Norwich was great for me’ - Angus Gunn on the debt he owes boyhood club for Premier League shot
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Angus Gunn was on the bench for Southampton's Premier League opener on Sunday afternoon - and the big keeper will never forget Norwich City's role in getting him to the top flight.
Gunn was outstanding in a season long loan stint from Manchester City back at his boyhood club that earned him a big-money move to the south coast.
The 22-year-old was included in Mark Hughes' matchday squad for the opening league game against Burnley, with Alex McCarthy getting the nod to start, and admits his spell at Carrow Road gave him the taste for more frontline action.
'Norwich was great for me,' he said. 'It gave me a massive confidence boost and made me want more and more. That is part of the reason I decided to leave City, because I wanted game time.
'I could have stayed (at Manchester City) and been the number three or number two, but I did not see me developing my future very well. I would like to think this is a new chapter for me, and that I can get some Premier League football now.'
Gunn, speaking to the Telegraph, revealed the chance to work with former Canaries and England goalkeeping guru Dave Watson was another pull factor.
'Dave was one of the first to say he wanted me at the club,' said Gunn.
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'I had never really worked with an English goalkeeping coach at senior football and it was something that I really wanted to do.
'After being at City for a few years I had a few different goalie coaches and different nationalities, and everyone seems to want to change things about you.
'Dave is a very old-school goalkeeping coach who just says to keep the ball out of the net. For me, it was a good thing.'