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Norwood can shine at the highest level for years to come, maintains Rosenior

By Laure James

Liam Rosenior has said he would be open to a future coaching job with the Irish FA. The Brighton ace returned to Belfast last week to study towards his Uefa Pro Licence and has been impressed by the IFA's approach, admitting a soft spot for Michael O'Neill's troops.

"I'm going to enjoy every minute of my playing career, but I want to go into coaching from a young age," Rosenior said.

"I'm 32 now, and not many 32-year-olds are on their Pro Licence, but that shows where I want to be.

"I want to be a top young manager and the more people that want me around the better.

"I would never ever say no to anything, and maybe sometime in the future I could be a part of Northern Irish football.

"I was supporting Northern Ireland at the Euros and the fact they did so well was fantastic.

"It just shows what you can do with the right character in the team, the right team spirit and a whole host of good players."

Brighton Albion have ended a 34-year wait by finishing second in the Championship to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, and Rosenior feels team-mate and Northern Ireland international Ollie Norwood deserves much credit.

"Ollie is a fantastic footballer," he said. "As a player he has helped us earn Premier League football.

"Technically I think Ollie is one of the best midfielders in the country in terms of his passing and the way he receives the ball.

"His ability is outstanding. Leaving Manchester United can't be easy for any young boy but if you look at the players who have left and done well like Paul Pogba and Michael Keane, Ollie is another one who has had to leave to go on and have a successful career.

"Ollie is still young, he has a lot of football left and I wouldn't be surprised if he spends the rest of his career playing at the highest level."

The ex-Hull defender also revealed that his affection for Northern Ireland started when veteran Aaron Hughes helped him settle in when he signed for the Seagulls in 2015.

"Aaron Hughes was at Brighton before Ollie signed and I actually took Aaron's house off him," he added. "There are so many Northern Irish footballers in English football; it's a small industry and we all know each other.

"I think there are a lot of good years to come for Northern Irish football."

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