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19 July 2016

Goalkeeper starred for his country at Euro 2016

NORWICH City have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old pens a three-year deal at Carrow Road, having left Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical earlier this summer.

McGovern’s arrival sees him reunite with Alex Neil, the City boss having previously signed the stopper in 2014 while player-manager of Accies.

Speaking exclusively to about the move, McGovern said: "Having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me.

"I had some interest from elsewhere but I'm really looking forward to working with him again now at Norwich. It's nice to join a club where I'll have some familiar faces around me.

"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, although it's a challenge I'll relish.

"I want to play but also I want to help the younger players coming through as much as I can. That's something I've looked to do at my previous clubs, and I'll look to lend my experience wherever possible."

The former Hamilton club captain has had a memorable few weeks, being one of his country's stand-out players at the recent European Championship Finals - conceding just three goals across four matches. .

Reflecting on the addition of McGovern to his squad, Neil said: "Michael is a player that I’ve worked with before, so I know all about his qualities and his character.

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

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