27 year old Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Mark Bunn joined Norwich
for an undisclosed fee on 29th August 2012. He signed a two-year
deal, with the option for a third, at Carrow Road.
Bunn joined Rovers from Northampton in 2008 but only made 15
appearances and had loan spells at Leicester City (3 appearances)
and Sheffield United (32 appearances) in 2009 and 2010.
Bunn began his career at Spurs as a trainee but joined Northampton
Town before he was offered a professional contract. After a loan
spell at Kattering in 2004, he made his first team debut in a
30 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the first round of
the League Cup in August 2005. He was given his league debut by
then-manager John Gorman against Nottingham Forest in August 2006.
He made 90 appearances before signing for Blackburn on 29th August
2008 for a sum reported to be £1million.
Bunn made his Norwich debut in the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers
in the Capital One Cup on 26th September 2012. His second appearance
was on 31st October 2012 against Spurs in the same competition,
which City won 2-1 with Bunn saving a late penalty to ensure City's
progress to the next round. He later became Norwich;s first choice
keeper following injury to John Ruddy.
He ended up making 26 appearances for Norwich as they avoided
relegation and eventually finished 11th in the Premier League.
Bunn made a further five appearances in the 2013/14 season, all
in cup competitions.
On 16th January 2015, Bunn was supposedly told that he was free
to leave Norwich to find further first team opportunities by new
manager Alex Neil. Mark has been a bit frustrated he
has not had any game-time. I have spoken to him and made him aware
if he can find himself a club then he can go, said the
City boss. He wants to play football and he is not going
to get that here and I am not in the habit of trying to hamper
a boys career. He is here at the moment, he is training
hard and he is a good lad but if he finds himself something then
he is free to get first team football. I think Declan is a great
back-up. Obviously John is the number one and he is a fantastic
goalkeeper and we have Remi (Matthews) below that so we are well-covered.
Bunn didn't play any games for Norwich during 2014/15 and was
released at the end of the season
Although heavily linked with Bristol City at the beginning of
July 2015. Bunn signed for Aston Villa on 9th July 2015 on a two
year contract. He is expected to provide cover now that Shay Given
had joined Stoke. Bunn made nine appearances as Villa struggled in the Premier League and were eventually relegated on 16th April 2016.