Mark Bunn says he is looking forward to linking up with Aston Villa coach Tony Parks once again

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The former Norwich City goalkeeper is set to meet up with his old goalkeeping coach at Villa.

New Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn has paid credit to a member of the club's coaching staff as being one of the reasons he was so eager to sign up at Villa Park, in an interview with the club's website.

Bunn worked with former Tottenham and Norwich goalkeeping coach Tony Parks at Carrow Road before the 52-year-old arrived to help Tim Sherwood when the ex Blackburn captain took over at Villa Park in February.

"I'm delighted to find myself working with Tony Parks again as he was the goalkeeping coach at Norwich City so he knows me really well," Bunn told the Villa site.

"Aston Villa is a huge football club and this was too good an opportunity to miss out on.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know my new team-mates over in Portugal at our pre-season training camp and I can't wait to get started."

Bunn left Norwich after three seasons, with his final campaign seeing him failing to make any first team appearances for the Canaries.

The 30-year-old himself had a stint at Ewood Park earlier in his career, and though he has mainly featured as a back up 'keeper in the top two divisions, he has proved himself quite capable when necessary.

It is very much possible that Parks encouraged Tim Sherwood to consider the 30-year-old now that he was a free agent, with the Lions looking for a new reserve in the goalkeeping department with Shay Given set to move on this summer after four years in the Midlands.

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