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Michael McGovern signs contract extension at Norwich City

4 April 2019

Norwich City are pleased to announce that Michael McGovern has signed a new contract at the Club until June 2021.

McGovern joined the Canaries back in July 2016 from Scottish side Hamilton Academical and made his debut in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday a month later.

The Northern Irish international has made five appearances in cup competitions this season and been City's substitute goalkeeper for the majority of league fixtures behind Tim Krul.

Speaking exclusively to, McGovern said: "I’m delighted to commit my future to the Club. I know where I’m going to be for the next couple of years now and it’s a Club on the up so there are very exciting times ahead.

“I wanted to stay here and when Stuart [Webber] mentioned the contract, I was really interested to speak to him and get the deal sorted.

“It was a difficult decision because obviously I haven’t played as many games over the past couple of years as I would have liked.

“But you’ve got to bear in mind that this is a club which is striving to get to the Premier League. It’s a great club to be at so I took all of that into account and in the end, I’m very happy to sign.”

McGovern was glowing in his praise of the togetherness of the current City squad and he believes he has significant role to play off the pitch.

“Since I’ve come to the club, I’ve had to adapt my position to not be playing in the team. I think I’ve done that well. I’ve kept my spirits high and I try to put things into perspective.

“I’m thankful for being a professional footballer. We’re all blessed to be in this position and that’s the way I look at it. I just try and be positive around the group and spread that to the rest of the lads.

“We have an unbelievable team spirit. You see the spirit on the games on a Saturday, it’s plain to see. Everybody gets on off-the-park, not everyone is best mates and round each others houses every day but sometimes that’s a good thing.

“You can be too close off the pitch sometimes and I think we’ve got the balance just right. You see that every week, it’s paying off.”

With just seven matches left in the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season, McGovern urged City fans to continue their fantastic support.

“This season has been a really enjoyable one and everybody should savour it because these types of seasons don’t come around too often.

“It’s important that everybody stays calm. The players notice the atmosphere during the games and it only drives the players on and gives them an extra spring in their step.

“Fans have been brilliant so far so I have no doubt as we enter the business end of the season that they’ll be just as good.”

Head Coach Daniel Farke said: "I am very pleased. Since the first day I arrived here, Michael has been unbelievably professional and he is a great character. I can always trust him when I need him.

"He delivers outstanding professionalism, is never injured and never ill. He is so experienced with many games for Northern Ireland. He is a role model in terms of professionalism.

"He is so important for the whole atmosphere and mood in the dressing room. He's a great lad and we're all happy he is staying with us."

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