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Sunday 01 Jan 2017
Striker is aiming high in 2017

Josh Magennis has promised more of the same from the Northern Ireland team this year.

The striker’s New Year’s resolution on the international front is that he and his team-mates will do all in their power to replicate their efforts in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and at Euro 2016 as they push for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“We want to continue to succeed and push Northern Ireland football on to further heights,” he said.

Magennis has been a consistently strong performer for both club and country since signing for League One side Charlton following the Euros last summer.

He says his personal goals for 2017 are to continue to play for both Charlton and Northern Ireland at a level his managers and team-mates deem important for the team. “I want to keep progressing as a player and not rest on my laurels,” he added.

His hopes for Charlton this year include gaining promotion to the Championship.

He pointed out: “With the manager in place (former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson replaced Russell Slade at the Addicks’ helm back in November) and the players we have in our squad there's no reason for that not to happen. I just have to keep working hard and keep my head down.” 

While looking forward to the year ahead, Magennis also reflected on the past 12 months.

He said his favourite memory of 2016 was being involved in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine at Stade de Lyon during Euro 2016 and the 24 hours after that.

“The emotions and memories and pure happiness and joy we experienced is something I will find hard to match,” he admitted.