December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 31, 2012
Norwich City’s new goalkeeper Mark Bunn yesterday labelled his Carrow Road switch a ‘no brainer’ – despite the fact he knows the size of the task in trying to dislodge England stopper John Ruddy.
Bunn became Chris Hughton’s eighth signing of a productive summer earlier this week, but the 27-year-old will not be involved in this weekend’s Premier League trip to Tottenham after only meeting up with his new team mates on Wednesday for the first time.
The former Blackburn keeper admits Ruddy’s growing reputation within the game goes before him, but the ex-Northampton trainee knows what is required.
“He’s a fantastic keeper. I know for a fact I’m not going to get in the team straightaway, so I’m just here to push him in training. That can only benefit the team and make us better goalkeepers,” he said. “I feel whoever’s doing it, will play. John Ruddy has done fantastic for Norwich and he is a great keeper, so it is going to be tough for me, but I hope when I do get my chance I can take it and stay in the team. It does get a bit frustrating (on the bench) but it’s down to me when I get a chance to grab it.
“It’s a no-brainer, really. Everyone wants to play in the Premier League and to get another opportunity is fantastic. I just want to get out there now and show everyone what I can do.”
Bunn left his previous employer in little doubt he was keen to swap Lancashire for top flight football after learning of Norwich’s initial interest.
“It dragged on for a bit but I’m just glad it’s all done and I’m just looking to get settled and looking forward to the season,” he said. “It was in the papers back in Blackburn. I got a bit frustrated that Blackburn kept rejecting bids so I thought I had to make my feelings clear to make the move happen. I’m just delighted to finally get it all done and I’m ready to knuckle down to some hard work.”
Bunn has already sensed a determination amongst his new team mates to try and emulate last season’s Premier League success.
“It’s going to be a tough, tough season but I’m sure they’ll do well and get as far up the league as possible,” he said. “I didn’t play last season at Norwich with Blackburn, but I played here in the Carling Cup years ago (for Northampton).
“I know the atmosphere from last season, they have a good fan base and always sell out, so it will be fantastic to be part of it.
“They did well last season and I think that first game (at Fulham) was a bit of a freak result, but they did well against QPR and it will be another tough game on Saturday. I hope they can repeat what they did last season and beat Spurs again.”
Bunn’s move to Norfolk also paved the way for a reunion with Norwich and England goalkeeping coach Dave Watson.
“Without a doubt he’s one of the best coaches around. I’m really pleased he’s managed to get in the England set-up and I hope he’ll do well here as well,” he said. “He was a great ’keeper and he had to retire through his knee injury. He’s made me really welcome, settled me in and the things he does out there can only make us better as ’keepers.
“He started from the lower leagues and built his way up and wherever he’s gone he’s done really well. I’ve worked with some great keepers. Paul Robinson was a great keeper as well and I had another great goalkeeping coach in Bobby Mimms.
“It will be great to work with Watto again. He works the keepers really hard, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Bunn revealed Hughton is the only member of Norwich’s management he has not worked with during a decade in the professional ranks.
“I’d never met Chris. I met him for the first time when I came in and he sounds like a great bloke,” he said. “I knew Dave Watson from Northampton and Colin Calderwood as well, and Paul Trollope. There are a few players I’ve met before and it’s good to meet up with them again.
“I know Bradley Johnson and Steve Morison, so they settled me in very well, and met the new lads as well. It’s a young side and they’re fantastic and they’ve all welcomed me fine so I’m sure they will do brilliantly again this season. You can see the team spirit is there. I’ve already been caned for my clothes, and I’m not looking forward to my song on my first away trip. I’m going to have to rehearse that one.”