Norwich invent brilliant new goalkeeper drill

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For goalkeepers, training must become a bit of a drag from time to time.

After all, getting a ball pelted towards from various distances must only be fun in small doses.

It means goalkeeping coaches have it as tough as any in the sport to come up with new and innovative ways to improve their players.

However, Norwich have invented a brilliant new game to test their keepers' reflexes and posted an excellent video of it in action on Saturday.

It is a fairly simple concept created by ex-keeper turned coach Dean Kiely, called Spikeball.

The drill involves a mini trampoline being positioned in the centre of the playing area as two teams of two go up against each other to stop the ball touching the ground.

You can watch an epic rally featuring the Canaries' current No.1 Michael McGovern and John Ruddy brilliantly captured by a drone in the video below.

As you can see, the extra bounce off the trampoline sends all four participants flying off in various directions as they desperately dive to keep the ball in play.

There were 39 shots in total before Ruddy and McGovern were left powerless to stop the ball being grounded but it's obvious to see how the change of direction and speed in Spikeball can translate to making some brilliant saves on the pitch.

We're pretty sure not all rallies are quite this incredible but it still looks a fun game to play - even if you aren't a keeper!

McGovern and the defence have certainly played a big factor in Norwich's strong start to the campaign as the Canaries have conceded 15 goals from 11 matches.

Alex Neil's men have quickly recovered from last season's relegation from the Premier League and currently sit second in the Championship, just two points behind surprise leaders Huddersfield.

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