Norwich City have completed the signing of Ben Gibson on a season-long loan deal from Burnley.
The deal will become permanent should City gain promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Gibson will wear shirt number 34 for the duration of the upcoming season.
Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Gibson said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been desperate to play football for a couple of years now and it hasn’t materialised, so a fresh start is exactly what I need.
“An opportunity to come to an aspiring football club that has a clear ambition to get back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – that’s what I’m here to be part of, to play football and get back enjoying it and get this club back to where it belongs.
“This club has a clear ambition and more than that, it’s clear what it’s about in terms of mentality, how it’s going to get there, the structure of the club.
“Stuart Webber, the boss [Daniel Farke] and the owners have all put in place something that should last for a very long time.
“It’s a project I really wanted to be a part of. The facilities here are unbelievable and you can see the environment around the team, the club are making it absolutely perfect.
“There’s no excuses to why you should fail or not be at your best. All the tools are here to create something special and that’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”
The 27-year-old signed for the Clarets in 2018 after making 185 appearances in all competitions for home-town club Middlesbrough.
He spent a total of 13 years with Middlesbrough, progressing through the club’s youth system before loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, York City and Tranmere Rovers between 2011 and 2013.
Gibson was an ever-present during Middlesbrough’s 2016-17 Premier League campaign and played in all but one league game in his side’s promotion push in the 2017-18 Championship season.
During his time on Teesside, Gibson was also recognised on the international stage, appearing for England at every age group from under-17 through to under-21. He was also called up to the England senior squad for a FIFA World Cup qualifier in March 2017.
He joined Burnley for a reported joint-club record fee in August 2018, though has since found his playing time limited despite making appearances in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke added: “We of course wanted to get the best possible option in this area and we are delighted that we have been able to bring Ben in.
“He’s an experienced player who is at a perfect age. He’s homegrown with lots of experience on this stage. He was also the captain of Middlesbrough and has shown that he is a great leader and character.
“Of course, he hasn’t played that much in recent months. He’ll need some time to adapt, but we’ve got the feeling so far that he’ll be a very important addition to our squad and perfect for us and our defensive group.”