Ben Gibson has described his switch to Norwich City as a dream move, following the news that his season long loan has been turned into a permanent transfer.
Ben joined Norwich from Burnley last summer, knowing that if he helped the Canaries get back to the Premier League, he would become a permanent player at Carrow Road.
The 6ft 1in defender played 29 games for Norwich last season and became an integral part of the team. He was a regular in the starting XI right up until late March, when the team were on the verge of promotion, before an ankle injury curtialed his campaign. He says the move from Lancashire to Norfolk has helped get his career back on track and he can’t wait for the Premier League season to get started.
“I am absolutely delighted,” said Ben. “What we achieved last season was remarkable really. It couldn’t have gone any better, bar the injury for me, for the team and the squad. We had clear goals, we set out to achieve them and we fulfilled them in every way. We didn’t just get promoted, we were champions and we had record points total. So, it has literally been a dream move.”
Speaking about the injury and having another crack at the Premier League, following a season with his hometown club Middlesbrough in the top flight in 2016/17, Ben added: “Injuries happen, but the positive is that I am back fit for pre-season. It is part and parcel of it. It happens, and I would have snapped your hand of for the season I had individually and as a team, most importantly, because every box and every aim that we all had going into the season we ticked them all and for me it was a big step. I needed to get my career back on track and I have certainly done that and I have found a home again.
“It (the Premier League) is where everyone wants to be. It is where I have been for different chapters in my career. It is the best and most exciting competition, and it is also where the finance is and, to be honest, this is a big club that has been built on and improved and it should be in the Premier League. We can’t wait to have another crack at it.
“We have all got a point to prove. I have also been relegated at a point in my career and it is a horrible feeling and it is something you have got to use to motivate you. We have got to believe that we are going to achieve something special because if you don’t have that belief then you are not going to achieve it. I genuinely believe, there is no doubt in my mind, that we will stay in the Premier League. We will give it everything we have got from minute one until the end and I am sure it is going to be a real special season for us personally, as individuals, and the club because we can make something really wonderful happen and build on what we did last season.”