Hamilton: Michael McGovern taking time to assess future

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern
McGovern

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern is in no hurry to settle his future as he looks forward to Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland.

The 31-year-old has started the last six matches for his country and will be out of contract in the summer.

"Everything is going well here and I'm loving it," said McGovern.

"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."

The former Ross County and Falkirk keeper may well have the chance to impress in France and acknowledges he is approaching an important crossroad in his career.

"I'm really happy with how I'm doing at Hamilton," he added. "If there's interest from elsewhere, well that's nice but it's not something that really affects me.

Michael McGovern playing for Northern Ireland against Hungrary
McGovern has been capped seven times for Northern Ireland

"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.

"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 says he is "not scared of playing at a higher level" and hopes the kind of performances which helped take Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years will show he is good enough to do so.

"Every time I play for Northern Ireland I see it as a wonderful opportunity," he continued. "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."

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