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22 July 2016

New 'keeper speaks from Austria training camp

MICHAEL McGovern was pleased to get down to business on Friday as he pulled on the gloves as a Norwich City player.

McGovern enjoyed his first training session with his new teammates in Pinkafeld after agreeing a three-year deal with the Canaries earlier this week.

"It's really what you look forward to as a player," he told Norwich City TV. "All of the transfer stuff isn't really what I'm used to, you just want to get out on the pitch and do your job.

"It was nice to meet the boys yesterday and have a session today. It's good, a fresh start.

"It was nice to get a touch of the ball out there. The clouds were out, so that helped! I'm not a big fan of the sun with my fair skin."

The Northern Ireland goalkeeper, who starred at this summer's European Championship, hailed the benefits of joining the Austria camp for establishing familiarity with his colleagues.

McGovern linked up with Alex Neil's squad on Wednesday night along with fellow internationals Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan, Kyle Lafferty and Martin Olsson, who also took part on Friday.

"It's a good thing in pre-season for the new boys like myself to come into," added the 32-year-old.

"You're with each other all the time, eating together and things like that, whereas at home you're at training and then you're away. It's good to get to know everybody.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to get started and just do what I always do. I'll work really hard in training, and any opportunities I get I'll try and take."

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