Patrik Gunnarsson will spend the remainder of 2021 on loan with Viking Fotballklubb, commonly known as Viking Stavanger, in the Norwegian Eliteserien.
The 20-year-old, who is currently with the Iceland National Team for three 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, will join up with his new teammates next week ahead of Viking’s return to action against Stabæk on 11 September.
Brentford FC co-Director of Football Phil Giles, said: “Patrik did very well on loan last season and we were keen to work with him during pre-season to assess his development during that time. He played an important role prior to the arrival of Álvaro Fernández. However, we think that now, with two more experienced goalkeepers ahead of him, Patrik should continue to play in first team matches and Viking have offered a great opportunity to do that. We will welcome Patrik back for the second half of our season.”
Patrik will be hoping to repeat the successes of his time spent away from TW8 last season which saw him win a pair of promotion medals from the NordicBet Liga in Denmark.
In two spells, first with Viborg FF and then Silkeborg IF, Patrik kept 14 clean sheets in 26 unbeaten games as his two clubs filled both promotion spots from the Danish Second Tier. The goalkeeper won eight of his 12 matches for VFF, keeping four clean sheets, before ten clean sheets in 14 matches for Silkeborg saw them win 12 and draw two of the matches he played for them.
Patrik joined Brentford B in the summer of 2018, aged 17. His 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 in June 2019 and was officially promoted to the First Team squad three months later. An international at every level between Under-16 and Under-21, Patrik was named on the bench for our season opening win over Arsenal and Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory at home to Forest Green Rovers.
Patrik is yet to make his senior debut but is his nation’s number one at Under-21 level, winning 12 caps at that age group. He was between the sticks all through qualifying for the Under-21 European Championships and featured twice for Iceland at the finals during the summer.
Viking currently sit sixth in the Eliteserien with 28 points from their 17 matches so far. The Dark Blues are six points off top spot with 13 matches to play, starting with that game against Stabæk on 11 September.