Thursday 22 March 2018

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern facing big decision over his future

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern is yet to make a decision over his future
Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern is yet to make a decision over his future

Michael McGovern insists he is in no hurry to quit Hamilton - but the keeper admits he faces a big decision as he prepares to put himself in the Euro 2016 shop window.

The former Celtic, Ross County and Falkirk stopper is out of contract at the end of the season.

He has already been linked with a move to Hibernian but insists he is enjoying his spell with Accies.

However, the 31-year-old - who still believes he has another four years at his peak - is set to claim the Northern Ireland number one jersey when Michael O'Neill's side head to next summer's European Championships.

That will give him plenty of scope to prove his talents on the biggest stage and McGovern is happy to wait and see what comes about.

He said: "I've managed to put the speculation to bed very easily. I doesn't bother me. I'm really happy with how I'm doing at Hamilton. If there's interest from elsewhere, well that's nice but it's not something that really affects me.

"I suppose it's a compliment, though. If I wasn't doing well there wouldn't be interest but I just want to keep doing well for Hamilton.

"Everything is going well here and I'm loving it here. I'm not really keen to leave.

"Coming and playing regularly in the Premiership has been a massive thing for me. It's enabled me to get involved with the international set-up.

"Goalkeepers are usually at their peak between 30 and 35 and I'm in the middle of that now. That's why the decision on whether I stay here or move on next season is a big one.

"But there won't be much interest if I don't keep playing well for Hamilton. I will give myself time before settling on what I'm going to do with my future.

"I think I'm hitting my peak years while I'm also going to the Euros in the summer too. I'm in a good position so I want to take my time and assess things."

McGovern has turned down moves to bigger clubs in the past because he feared he would be left stuck on the bench.

But he is hopeful the kind of performances which helped take Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years will show he is good enough to play at the top.

"Every time I play for Northern Ireland I see it as a wonderful opportunity," he said. "It's a chance to test yourself against players who play at a higher level than I do week in week out at Hamilton.

"When we qualified against Greece, seven of their starting XI had played in the Champions League the week before. So for me to get the chance to play against players like that is wonderful.

"I wouldn't be scared of playing at a higher level but I just want to keep playing, no matter where I am."

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