Canaries sign Northern Irish star

By Matt Storey

Norwich have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a three year deal.

The 32-year-old left Hamilton Academical in May and put together some impressive performances at Euro 2016 to put himself in the proverbial shop window.

It is the second time manager Alex Neil has worked with McGovern after signing him when he was Hamilton manager in 2014 and McGovern said the lure of working with Neil again was to good to turn down.

“I had some interest from elsewhere,” McGovern told the offical club website.

“But having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me and it’s nice to join a club where I’ll have some familiar faces around.”

Norwich now boast impressive strength in depth in the goalkeeping department with John Ruddy and Declan Rudd both spending time as the clubs number one last year.

McGovern is relishing the challenge however,  “I’m aiming to get into the team but I know I’m up against some top-class goalkeepers. It’s going to be intense competition.”

Neil meanwhile was delighted to add a familiar face to his squad, believing McGovern’s qualities both on and off the pitch will improve the Canaries.

“I know all about his qualities, his character, and that he’s a fantastic professional,” explained Neill.

“He showed he’s capable of playing at the top level with his performances for Northern Ireland at the Euros and he will come in and offer great competition to our current goalkeepers.”

It will be McGoverns first taste of the Football League having spent all of his career in Scotland until now.




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