SAINTS stopper Angus Gunn admitted “you can never tell the future” when asked about a return to former club Norwich but added: “Sometimes, these things happen.”

The 24-year-old, the son of legendary Canaries stopper Bryan Gunn, made 51 appearances for the Canaries while on loan from Manchester City during the 2017-18 campaign.

Gunn, who also started his career in the youth setup at Carrow Road, joined Saints in July 2018 following that fruitful loan spell.

He has made 30 senior appearances for the St Mary’s side in total – his most recent coming in a 3-2 FA Cup defeat at Tottenham in February.

Gunn was dropped from Premier League action after Saints’ infamous 9-0 home defeat to Leicester 13 months ago.

With Alex McCarthy currently boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-choice stopper and Fraser Forster occupying a spot on the bench at Saints, the Austrian manager said it was the right move to allow Gunn some game time on loan at Stoke City this season.

And speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, goalkeeper Gunn admits he is not ruling out another spell with the Canaries.

Asked about the prospect of returning to Norwich if the opportunity arose in the future, the former England under-21 star said: “Obviously growing up one of my dreams was to play for Norwich and I’ve managed to tick that off and do it - but at the same time you can never see the future.

“At the moment I’m at Stoke, on loan from Southampton, it’s a great opportunity for me to try and get some more game time in the Championship this season and get back to that sort of rhythm where you’re playing week in, week out, and you’re getting that feel-good factor.

“When it’s stop-start it’s hard to do that and, at the moment, this is a great opportunity for me to do that.

“You can never tell the future and it’s obviously the club I grew up supporting, so sometimes, these things happen...”

Gunn has featured four times for Stoke this season, keeping two clean sheets.