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It’s great to be back – Magnusson

Hordur Magnusson admits it is nice to have returned to pre-season training after an extended summer.

While the majority of his City team-mates enjoyed a lengthy break away from the day job, the Icelandic defender was busy making the headlines with his national team.   

Following on from his stunning winner against Callum O’Dowda’s Republic of Ireland in March, Magnusson was once again Iceland’s hero this summer, netting the only goal of the game in their crucial World Cup qualifier with Croatia.

“I started against Croatia and I played well,” the 24-year-old said in an exclusive interview with BCTV.

“We got a corner in the last minute and fortunately I saw the cross come in and I was well positioned to connect with it.  

“Some team-mates questioned whether it came off my shoulder, but it crossed the line, so I couldn’t be happier to score the winner.

“It was the best moment of my career and the biggest game I have played for my national team.

“The result leaves everything open for our World Cup qualification. We have plenty of games left but they will all be difficult; we just need to focus on our own game.”

As with Bailey Wright, Magnusson was granted additional time off following his international duties, and having rejoined the squad in Tenerife, the former Juventus man is eager to make a positive contribution in City colours this season.

“I got three weeks off after the last game for Iceland and it allowed me to get a good rest and stop focusing on football, which is important,” he continued.

“However, it’s great to be back training, to be back in Bristol seeing my friends and dog, so I am happy to return.

“My target is to do better than last season and hopefully play a bit more. I am ready to help the team and do a job when required.

“Last season was the quickest of my career because I am enjoying my time at the club so much.”

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