Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern signs three-year deal with Norwich City

Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich City Photo: Jeff Holmes/Handout/PA Wire

Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich City Photo: Jeff Holmes/Handout/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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

The 32-year-old has signed a three-year deal which reunites him with his former Hamilton manager Alex Neil, following his decision to leave the Accies this summer.

'Having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me,' McGovern told City's official website.

'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 Ross County and Falkirk keeper made 82 appearances across two seasons for Hamilton and recently starred for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, conceding three goals in four games, including a valiant performance in a 1-0 defeat to world champions Germany in the group stages.

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City boss Alex Neil was impressed by those performances from the former Celtic trainee, adding: '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.'

McGovern, capped 15 times by Northern Ireland, arrives shortly after Canaries youngster Remi Matthews signed a new two-year deal before joining Hamilton on a season-long loan.

Fellow back-up keeper Jake Kean also joined Sheffield Wednesday permanently after coming to a mutual agreement with Norwich to bring an early end to his contract having never made an appearance for the club.

That leaves Neil with the options of long-serving duo John Ruddy and Declan Rudd to battle with McGovern for the number one shirt.

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