Norwich City’s newest recruit Patrick Roberts says a conversation with Angus Gunn helped persuade him to join the the Club on a season-long loan.
Roberts and Canaries’ Academy graduate Gunn are good friends from their time at Manchester City.
Gunn, now at Southampton, was on loan at Carrow Road for the duration of the 2017-18 season and the vibe was all positive when he and Roberts had a chat.
“I’ve been with Gunny, Angus Gunn, at [Manchester] City for a few years and with England and I spoke to him before coming here,” Roberts said to canaries.co.uk.
“He’s a big Norwich fan himself and he had only good things to say about the city and the Club itself.
“I’ve only had good, positives reviews and things are looking good for next season."
Roberts is well aware of City’s ethos of giving young players an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the first-team.
Youngsters Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell were all key members of the successful Championship group last term and Roberts hopes he can become another youthful success story at Carrow Road.
“The back four [last season] was very young so that gives me the same belief that the manager has given those players,” he added.
“It’s crucial for me being so young that I’m playing and enjoying playing under someone who’s willing to play young players and give them opportunities to flourish in their careers.
“I think it’s important we keep the same way of playing and I’m sure the manager will do that. I’m sure he’ll get the boys right for the Premier League.
“It’s just about playing with freedom and confidence and seeing where that takes you.
“I cannot wait to get started. It should be fun. I’m looking forward to meeting the boys getting around the place and the city of Norwich.”