Former Manchester City defender joins Port Vale on a two-year-deal

Port Vale have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international and former Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern.

Ryan McGivern was at Manchester City from 2008 to 2013 but spent the majority of that time away on loan. His only appearance for the club came in the Premier League in the 2010-2011 season.

Over the course of five years at the club he had six separate loan spells which gave him sufficient experience to warrant regular call-ups to Northern Ireland squad. His loan spells were at Morecambe, Leicester City, Walsall, Crystal Palace, Bristol City and then Hibernian making a total of 105 appearances in that time.

He eventually went on to sign permanently for Hibernian last year but after their relegation from the Scottish Premiership he has decided to move on. He joins Port Vale on a two-year contract and the 24-year-old will bring a lot of experience to the side for someone his age.

His has been a regular in the Northern Ireland side since making his debut as an 18-year-old under Nigel Worthington on 2008. One of the reasons for moving on from Hibernian following their relegation will be to ensure he is still considered for the national squad. Despite the fact Hibs will be playing against Hearts and Glasgow Rangers this season, the Scottish Championship isn't the most competitive of leagues and a move to League One should represent a good career move for the defender.

Port Vale finished 9th in League One last season but this year the bookies have them as one of the favourites for relegation. The Valiants have seen a lot of departures over the summer, and more incomings are expected after McGivern.

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