Gavin Gunning aiming to rebuild career at Dundee United

Gavin Gunning hopes to re-start his career.
Gavin Gunning hopes to re-start his career.

After 18 months of hell in England, prodigal son Gavin Gunning is aiming to rebuild his career with Dundee United.

The Irishman rejoined the Tangerines last week since quitting to head down south after the 2014 Scottish Cup Final.

But a serious knee injury meant his playing time down there was restricted to just 38 minutes with Birmingham City last season and a single game with Oldham Athletic early this term.

And he admits, before he even signed a contract, things were going wrong.

“It was beyond belief. I was meant to be going on a big deal at Sheffield Wednesday but it didn’t happen,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened there. It wasn’t anything to do with a medical like some people said but it didn’t happen and I went to Birmingham City.

“Then I got a bad injury in my first game. I went to head a ball, my leg planted and the goalie hit me and my knee just shot out. It took me eight months and surgery to recover from that.

“Then the manager that brought me in was sacked and the new fella wanted to move me out because I think I was one of the higher paid defenders and they needed the money.

“It was frustrating because there were a lot of teams in the Championship who wanted me when I left here but then all of a sudden nobody wanted me because I’d had a bad injury.

“I went to Oldham but it was a shambles and, if I’d know what it was like, I wouldn’t have gone there.”

Having impressed on his second United debut against St Johnstone at the weekend, Gunning is hoping those troubles are now firmly behind him.

He aims to show that by helping United climb the league table.

“It was good to come back here and to get playing again.

“I’m not 100% match fit yet but I will be soon and I just want to play games and take things from there.

“Doing that, I think I will help get us back up the league.

“When you look at the players here, you can’t imagine we’ll stay where we are.

“And I’ve been impressed with the gaffer, his training has been excellent.”