Patrik Gunnarsson has joined Danish NordicBet Liga side Viborg Fodsports Forening, better known as Viborg FF, on loan until 31 December. The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who is currently with the Icelandic national team preparing for tomorrow’s Nations League Group A2 game against Belgium, will meet up with his new teammates at the conclusion of this week’s international break.
Brentford FC Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “Patrik is a highly talented, young goalkeeper who we believe has a big future ahead of him. The next stage of his development is to go out on loan and play competitive games. These coming months will be important for Patrik as he plays regularly at a good level. Ellery Balcombe spent time at Viborg last season so they clearly like our goalkeeping philosophy. Viborg will be aiming for promotion and being involved in that fight will be an excellent experience for him.”
After coming through the ranks with Breiðablik, Patrik joined Brentford B in the summer of 2018, aged 17. By then he had already featured for the Icelandic team’s Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League, aged 15, and spent the first half of the 2018 season on loan at second tier side ĺþróttafélag Reykjavíkur.
Patrik’s performances for the B Team during his maiden season, which included a Middlesex Senior Cup title, earned him a place on the substitute’s bench for seven First Team games. He was called upon to make his Brentford debut in a Sky Bet Championship win at Middlesbrough in March 2019. He replaced Daniel Bentley for the final 16 minutes, plus eight minutes of stoppage time, as The Bees picked up a 2-1 win.
He signed a new long-term deal in West London that June and was officially promoted to the First Team squad three months later. An international at every level between Under-16 and Under-21, Patrik played three games for Southend United in February and March this year on an emergency loan.
Friday night saw Patrik keep a clean sheet on his eighth appearance for Iceland’s Under-21s as they beat Sweden 1-0 in UEFA European Championship qualifying.
Viborg ended last season second in the Danish First Division, nine points behind champions Vejle BK .VFF’s first league game this campaign is this Thursday, 10 September, away at freshly-relegated Hobro IK.