Kenny McLean is loving Norwich City's work
PUBLISHED: 14:14 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 12 February 2018
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Canaries' on-loan midfielder Kenny McLean is keeping a close eye on his parent club as he targets a Scottish FA Cup swansong.
The 26-year-old scored in the Dons’ 4-2 fifth round home win over Dundee United on Sunday to set up a quarter-final against Kilmarnock at Pittodrie next month.
McLean returned north, until the end of this season, after sealing a move to Norwich in the transfer window but the Scottish international revealed he is watching events in Norfolk closely ahead of linking up with Daniel Farke’s squad in the summer.
“I have been keeping up to date with the Norwich scores and they are on a great run but my main focus is on Aberdeen,” he said. “Everything is here for me.
“There is someone who looks after the loan players (Neil Adams) who I speak to after the games and he gives me feedback on what they want from me.
“He occasionally comes up to watch too.
“But right now, I am listening to what the manager has got to say. It’s all about what is happening at Aberdeen but Norwich are keeping an eye on me too.”
McLean has not been distracted by plotting the next move in his career, with three goals in his last two appearances for the Dons since signing a Norwich deal until 2021.
“There’s eight teams that’ll have the same ambition to go and win the cup, so we’ll take it game by game,” he said, speaking to the Dons’ official site. “Killie at home and a home draw is always good. We’ll look at it again when it comes around, but there’s plenty to do in between. When it comes we’ll enjoy it and hopefully we give ourselves the best chance.
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“We want to make the cup final the last game of the season for us. We will take it game by game in the cup, we’ve got a tough draw, Killie at home but we are looking forward to it and there is plenty of work to be done between now and then.
“That’s always been my aim (to win the cup). Since I signed for Norwich and came back here that’s always been my ambition and it’s what everyone wants not just me. Hopefully I can go out on a high like that.
“I go out on the pitch and nothing is different. For myself I am playing with a bit more freedom. At times you are playing for your future. When you’ve got four months left on your contract you are playing for your future and putting too much pressure on yourself.
“I think I was doing that and maybe trying a bit too hard and it wasn’t bringing the best out of me.
“Now I’ve got my future secured I can relax a bit and I think it is bringing out the best in me.”