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The Gavin Bazunu interview: ‘Money is just a number next to my name… it can’t outweigh my passion or ambition’

From Shamrock Rovers to Southampton, via Manchester City, the young Ireland goalkeeper is charting a different course than most of his fellow professionals

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Gavin Bazunu relaxes at Tallaght Stadium, where he learned his trade with Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Jonathan Daczkowski

Gavin Bazunu relaxes at Tallaght Stadium, where he learned his trade with Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Jonathan Daczkowski

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Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers saves a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross

Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers saves a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross

Gavin Bazunu playing for the Republic of Ireland senior team in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Picture Sportsfile

Gavin Bazunu playing for the Republic of Ireland senior team in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Picture Sportsfile

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Gavin Bazunu relaxes at Tallaght Stadium, where he learned his trade with Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Jonathan Daczkowski

In the era of the controlled message, Gavin Bazunu is one footballer who doesn’t need help to tell his story. Spend time in the company of the Ireland goalkeeper and it becomes apparent why his former employers at Manchester City never felt the need to put him through the media training that tends to go with the territory at a club of that stature.

Truth be told, it was never even mentioned. He’s mildly amused by the whole concept. “They were probably comfortable enough with what I was going to do,” he says, with a knowing grin that reflects a refreshing self-belief that shines through his every sentence.


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