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Pattison back in the fold

PUBLISHED: 08:30 18 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 06 July 2010

Matty Pattison is back in Bryan Gunn's good books after fighting his way off the Norwich City scrap heap. The South African midfielder - the first player signed for City by former manager Glenn Roeder - appeared to have been a victim of Gunn's managerial reign when, after three consecutive appearances as a sub, he watched the remaining 16 games of the season from the stands.

Matty Pattison is back in Bryan Gunn's good books after fighting his way off the Norwich City scrap heap.

The South African midfielder - the first player signed for City by former manager Glenn Roeder - appeared to have been a victim of Gunn's managerial reign when, after three consecutive appearances as a sub, he watched the remaining 16 games of the season from the stands.

There was speculation over the summer that Blackpool were interested in the 22-year-old, who admitted he would have to consider his future at City if he didn't figure in Gunn's plans.

However, he came off the bench at Dartford on Saturday and was included for the Scotland tour party, playing the full 90 minutes in the opener at Raith on Tuesday - a sure sign that he was back in the fold.

Pattison had to rush back to Newcastle on Wednesday night for the birth of his daughter, but returned to Scotland to meet up with the squad at their new base in Edinburgh and could feature against Airdrie this afternoon.

“We sat down and had an open talk at the end of the season and at the beginning of the season and said there was an opportunity for him to work hard and impress, and he's done that,” said Gunn.

“He's got himself a good attitude at the moment and he's working hard to impress myself and the other staff.

“I think he is more focussed on what he wants to achieve. He is under contract to the club as well, he realises that and I suppose everything that has happened through the summer, the possibility of some players moving out, you spot the opportunity.”

City players could get a chance or wet the new baby's head if they finish the tour of with a 100pc record when they face Airdrie today.

“He has obviously had a marvellous experience with the birth of his daughter and sometimes you will get a nice little bounce in the step from that so I think the lads are looking forward to welcoming him back into the hotel tonight and hopefully if we put a good performance in, a hard working performance in, tomorrow, we might have to have a celebratory drink for young Molly Pattison,” said Gunn.

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