McGovern on rolling with the punches at City

PUBLISHED: 09:21 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:29 01 May 2020

Norwich City keeper Michael McGovern fulfilled a dream when he made his full Premier League debut against Aston Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City keeper Michael McGovern fulfilled a dream when he made his full Premier League debut against Aston Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Michael McGovern has no regrets at his lack of Norwich City game time behind Tim Krul.

The Northern Irish international had made just two league appearances over the past two campaigns under Daniel Farke prior to football’s lockdown.

Farke has labelled him the model professional in the past, and the experienced keeper feels a big part of the ride that brought a Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.

“The last few seasons I haven’t played as much as I would like,” he said. “But to be a part of the team, especially last season when the squad won the Championship, and this season in the Premier League has been amazing, to see how the game works at the top level.

“Winning the Championship was a great achievement from everybody.

“I didn’t play much really, but I think I played my part around the team and I was involved in every squad that season, so it was good to be a part of it.

“It was something special, we caught some momentum and just kept it going. It was so interesting to see how each game started developing as we got closer and closer to the end of the season.

“Making my Premier League debut this year was a massive honour for me, I’ve played a couple of games now, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

McGovern arrived at Carrow Road after an eye-catching Euro 2016 for his country that was a career highlight, following spells with Ross County, Falkirk and Hamilton.

The 35-year-old revealed recently in an interview to Falkirk’s official site he had a long-standing Scottish connection with current City number one Krul.

“We sometimes do talk about our Falkirk days, it comes up in conversation. We talk about Jim Preston the goalkeeping coach, and other people that were there at the same time as both of us,” he said, with Krul briefly on loan with the Bairns at the start of his career.

“That (Euro 2016) was an amazing experience. It’s one that’s always talked about with me, and it was without a doubt the best event in my career, I think if you asked anybody in our squad they’d probably say the same thing.

“We were the first Northern Irish team ever to qualify for the European Championships, then to go on and get through the group stages, it’s fairy-tale stuff really.”

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