Michael McGovern is in no mood to budge in the fight to be Norwich City number one
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Michael McGovern owes his early shot at the Norwich City number one jersey to John Ruddy's untimely groin injury, but Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 star is in no mood to budge.
Ruddy was back on the bench for the home wins over Cardiff and Wigan and McGovern knows he faces a major battle to keep his place.
'I was genuinely disappointed for John because we get on well,' he said. 'I've had the jersey for the last few games but need to keep my performance levels high. I know I'm up against quality because John has established himself here. He has been a top keeper for a number of years and Paul Jones is a very good goalkeeper too.
There's strong competition for places and that's a good thing because it means whoever is in the team has to play to a high standard. If you have possession of the jersey you have to perform and that can only benefit the team. Personally it's been a decent start but I still think there's more to come from me. I'm looking to kick on and keep improving. It's funny how things work because his injury gave me an opportunity to get in the team and it was the first time I had ever come on as a substitute in my whole career.'
McGovern had no hesitation in sealing a summer reunion with Alex Neil after the duo worked together at Hamilton.
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'He has signed me twice now and he has been brilliant for me,' said the 32-year-old. 'He hasn't changed since we were together at Hamilton. He is the same character. I said when he left he would be a success and he got Norwich promoted straight away and that experience is a good thing going forward. Our aim is to go straight back up. I think looking from afar they were unfortunate to go down and the aim is to get back there.
'The Euros enabled it to happen (get a move south). There was a bit of interest before the tournament but perhaps it might not have happened. I am happy to be here and enjoying the challenge. I am ambitious and I want to do as well as I can and challenge myself in the Championship.'
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