Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern to weigh up his options after Euros

By Staff Reporter

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning admits he has already started preparing for life without goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

The Northern Ireland international won the club's player of the year award in his debut season with Accies and has followed it up with another impressive campaign as well as helping his country qualify for the European Championship.

The 31-year-old revealed this week he was happy to wait until after the finals in France before deciding on his future after his contract expires, with a switch to England a possibility.

And Canning has replacements in mind.

"If we are being realistic, the chances are Michael will probably move on so we have been looking and we will continue to look," Canning said.

"Obviously we would love to keep Michael but his form has been excellent, he is going to the Euros, and if he has a good Euros he will want to go and test himself at the highest level he can play at.

"He's been so good for us that, regardless of what happens, everybody will shake his hand and thank him and wish him well because he is such a lovely guy, a really good pro, and guys like Michael deserve to get as much out of their career as they can.

"If that's at Hamilton Accies, great, and if it's somewhere else we will thank him for his efforts here."

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