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McGovern to Accies for another season

Hamilton Academicals keeper Michael McGovern

Hamilton Academicals keeper Michael McGovern

It has been quite a six months for Michael McGovern. The former Enniskillen Town player has signed a one year contract extension with high flying Hamilton Academicals after joining the club in June of this year.

Hamilton were promoted last season and both they and McGovern have been in flying form this season and sit just two points behind leaders Celtic.

McGovern has enjoyed nine clean sheets from 18 appearances this season and he admitted, ‘The move has gone even better than I thought it would.’

The contract extension commits McGovern to the Accies until the end of next season and McGovern feels that the good form he is showing is a continuation of his performances for Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

“I feel my form is not too different from what it was the last two years at Falkirk, but obviously playing in the top league I get a bit more recognition and you are under a bit more scrutiny.

“I had a couple of chances to move in the last few years and I felt I was ready to move up, but I didn’t really feel I was going to get the chance for first-team football.”

All that changed however when Accies boss Alex Neil came calling in the summer.

“When I spoke to the manager and he said he was keen for me to be his number one, that made up my mind.

“I loved my time at Falkirk and the people were really good to me and I was comfortable there, but I felt I had to challenge myself at the top level because I was turning 30 and I felt if I didn’t take a chance to move up I could be pigeon-holed as being a First Division player. “I felt I had to move sooner rather than later.”

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