Angus Gunn is Manchester City's newest professional keeper - but he still holds Norwich City dear
Angus Gunn has signed his first professional contract with Manchester City - but no one should doubt the strength of his Norwich City roots.
The 17-year-old son of Canaries legend Bryan was signed up as an eight-year-old by City’s academy, before the former Norwich manager’s work finally led the family to cut their Norfolk ties.
Manchester City took on Angus’ development at 15 – costing the Premier League outfit £250,000 in a tribunal-decided fee for the privilege.
But having been involved in England’s age group set-up and shown plenty of promise, the youngster has signed a three-year deal to become a professional and start the next stage of a career – one that could see the Gunn name appearing at Carrow Road in the future.
“How it happens, in what shape or form I don’t know, but I think Angus playing there would be high on my list of things and certainly high on Angus’ list of things because he still holds a very soft spot for the yellow and green,” said Gunn senior.
“We watched a number of Norwich games last season and for the final game at the Etihad he even swapped his ticket with Neil Adams, who sat beside me in the home end so he could go in the Norwich City end.
“Susan and I, we travel the length and breadth of the country to watch him play and he’s got a good family support mechanism if he needs it. Between us all there’s immense pride over what he’s achieved.
“It’s what dreams are made of and he’s worked hard to get there. It’s down to his own talent, nothing else. He’s got the plaudits and the contract, and hopefully it’s just the start.”
Angus has gone on to success but his old Norwich academy colleagues have not done badly in his absence either – a fact not lost on Bryan, working as a talent scout for Triple S Sports.
“Angus keeps in touch with his old team-mates and watching Norwich win the FA Youth Cup was fantastic,” he added. “They were a lot of the guys he came through the ranks with and in a different scenario he could’ve been playing with them. But he was cheering them all the way and was delighted for all his friends.
“I took in a few Norwich games last year and I was thoroughly impressed with the way those boys have developed – and a few of those lads will pull on a professional jersey, I can assure you of that.”