Norwich City are delighted to confirm that Kenny McLean has signed a new three-year contract with the Club.
McLean made his debut for the Canaries in August 2018 in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham City but suffered an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup Round One tie with Stevenage just a couple of weeks later.
The setback ruled him out of action until the New Year with his return coming in the FA Cup third round defeat to Portsmouth in January.
The Scotland international has started every league game since the 4-0 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers on February 16 and scored three goals in the process. His consistent performances in the heart of Daniel Farke’s midfield helped the Canaries to the Sky Bet Championship title.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, McLean said: "It was obviously a very exciting season and it will live long in the memory. I was so proud to be a part of it.
“To be here for another three years is excellent for me. I feel I’ve settled in really well to the Club and the city and there are now exciting times ahead.
“There’s no doubt it was the highlight of my career so far. I think you could see the joy throughout the whole city – it was amazing to be a part of.
“It will be something that I’m sure everybody will remember for a long time. Hopefully, there’s more special moments and memories to come but the end of the season there was the pinnacle of my career.”
McLean’s start to life at Carrow Road was halted with the ankle injury sustained in the Carabao Cup and subsequent surgery but he feels that experience made him more eager to succeed.
“The start to the season really made me and it brought me back hungrier and desperate to be a part of the squad,” he continued.
“It was frustrating being out but excellent watching the lads play. They were achieving special results and going on special unbeaten runs.
“I just wanted so much to be a part of it and it made me work much harder when I was injured. When I got my chance, thankfully I took it and I managed to get over the line.”
Looking ahead to the 2019-20 Premier League, McLean says the players are relishing the prospect of taking on Liverpool on the opening day.
“We’re going to go there with the confidence that we’ve shown all season. We’ve been excellent and we know it’s going to be tough in the Premier League.
“There won’t be many tougher games than our opening fixture. It’s one we’ll enjoy and one that no one wants to miss out on.
“We needed a break but after a few weeks, you do miss coming to Colney every day and being around the boys.
“Everyone is desperate to get back now and start working. Pre-season is the part you dread but you know how important it is. Last season, it stood us in good stead for the year and hopefully, it will do the same this year.”