Norwich seal signing of Northern Ireland stopper McGovern

Date published: Tuesday 19th July 2016 3:36 - James Marshment

Michael McGovern: Euro 2016 hero joins Norwich

Norwich have signed Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

McGovern, 32, whose contract at Scottish Premiership side Hamilton expired earlier this summer, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal to link up again with former Accies boss Alex Neil.

“Having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me,” McGovern told Norwich’s official website.

“I had some interest from elsewhere but I’m really looking forward to working with him again now at Norwich.

“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.”

Former Hamilton club captain McGovern, who had been poised to join Norwich after Jake Kean’s departure to Sheffield Wednesday, appeared in all four of Northern Ireland’s matches at Euro 2016 and conceded only three goals.

Canaries boss Neil added: “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.”

McGovern progressed through Celtic’s youth system and joined Dundee United on a free transfer in 2008. He then had spells at Ross County and Falkirk before signing for Hamilton in June 2014.

He is Norwich’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos.

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