Republic of Ireland Under-21 goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is set to spend next season on loan at League One side Rochdale after penning a two-year extension to his Manchester City contract, which will see him remain a Sky Blue until the summer of 2024.
A product of the the Shamrock Rovers academy, Bazunu joined the Premier League giants in February 2019 after making his full debut for the Hoops and delivering a string of eye-catching performances as a record-breaking 16-year-old.
The Dubliner made 14 appearances for City's Under-23 side in the league last season, as well as notching up five appearances in the UEFA Youth League, with those displays catapulting him into the club's Champions League squad for their knockout clashes against Real Madrid and Lyon.
The 18-year-old will join up with a sizeable Irish contingent at Crown Oil Arena, with Eoghan O'Connell, Jimmy Keohane, Paul McShane and Jimmy Ryan all plying their under Cork boss Brian Barry-Murphy.
"This is the opportunity that I have been looking for, so I'm hoping that I can do well and impress." 🗣️— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) August 25, 2020
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"I'm delighted to be here," Bazunu told Rochdale's official website.
"This is the opportunity that I have been looking for, so I’m hoping that I can do well and impress.
"I really enjoyed the first team football that I got at Shamrock Rovers and I just can’t wait to get back into it again.
"That’s where you gain experience and, how, I believe, you improve at the fastest rate, so I just can’t wait to get started."