Norwich complete loan deal for Burnley outcast Gibson

Date published: Friday 4th September 2020 8:00

Norwich City have signed Ben Gibson on a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Burnley.

Burnley equalled their transfer record of £15m to sign Gibson from Middlesbrough in 2018. However, the move has not worked out.

Gibson has made just six appearances in two years at Turf Moor. He did not feature at all in the Premier League last season.

The defender is understood to have had a row with Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan earlier in the year, after which he was definitively banished from the first team. Gibson even began training with his old club, Middlesbrough, despite still being under contract with Burnley.

He has now been given some relief from his Turf Moor nightmare. Norwich have signed the 27-year-old on loan for the season.

The Canaries were interested in Gibson last summer, and have finally got their man after their relegation to the Championship.

Norwich have the option to buy Gibson permanently as part of the arrangement.

Gibson explains decision to join Norwich

The former England youth international told the Canaries’ official website: 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.” 

 

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