Ben Gibson is keen to show Norwich City supporters what he’s all about after signing on loan from Burnley.
The 27-year-old former England youth international completed his move to Carrow Road on Friday night, bringing to an end a difficult two-year spell with the north west side.
The former Middlesbrough youngster admits his troublesome Turf Moor stint has left him hungry for regular football.
“It’s been a really, really tough two years, I won’t hide from that,” he admitted. “I’m someone that wears my heart on my sleeve and not someone who sits comfortable and is happy to sit on the bench.
“I want to play football, that’s why I got involved in the game. That’s what we all dreamed of doing when we were young.
“I had that opportunity and I felt I was quite successful, but I feel that got taken away from me, as such. But when you’ve had that and had a taste of how good it can feel and it gets taken away from you, it makes you even more hungry to get it back.
“Norwich are getting a very motivated player with plenty of desire and I just can’t wait to get to work and help this football club.”
Gibson has come up against the Canaries plenty of times during his career already, citing the 2015 Championship play-off final, where City beat Boro 2-0 at Wembley, as ‘extremely painful’.
After spending just 24 hours at the Lotus Training Centre, Gibson is certainly impressed with what he’s seen.
“It’s a big football club and I’ve got a lot of friends that have been here,” he continued. “We did lose the play-off final when I was at Middlesbrough and that was extremely painful but that’s football. We obviously bounced back the year after and got promoted.
“It’s a massive football club. It’s out the way down here, a lot of people say that. For me, that’s great because the whole squad will all just bury their heads into doing what’s right for their career and living the right way with the sleep, nutrition, rest and training. It’s all there for you to go and achieve. There’s no excuses and no distractions.”
Gibson is clearly a straight-talker and his experiences over the past couple of seasons have left him chomping at the bit.
“I’m a fit lad by trade and I work hard. I sacrifice a lot and I’m very determined. I’m naturally fit but there’s nothing that can replace match fitness and minutes on the pitch.
“I have a little bit of catching up to do but I fully believe my motivation and hunger to do well will help me do so very quickly.
“I can’t wait. I’ve seen a few of the lads around and said hello. I just want to fast forward the clock and get into training and into the normal routine. I want to get stuck in and show everyone here what I can do and what Ben Gibson is about.”