Josh Magennis admits his career path from being a goalkeeper to lining up in Northern Ireland’s attack has been “absolutely mental”.
Magennis started off his career between the posts, but it was during a spell with Cardiff that he made the transition from shot-stopper to attacking hitman.
And now the Kilmarnock striker is hoping to fire the goals to guide Northern Ireland to a first-ever European Championship finals.
“It’s absolutely mental to think about it, to be honest,” he said.
“Sometimes I get glimpses. I get a moment on my own and I’m thinking ‘this is absolutely surreal. Six years ago I was a goalkeeper. Now there’s a possibility to play as a striker in one of the biggest games in the nation’s history to get them to the Euros.
“It’s surreal when I think about it because of what I’ve been through and what I had to deal with at a young age – the scrutiny and the questions.”