Former Manchester United duo reunited at Notts County

Notts County have completed the signing of Roy Carroll following his release from Olympiakos and he will now link up with Alan Smith once more.

Shaun Derry has gone for experience in his choice to replace Bartosz Bialkowski who joined Ipswich Town last month. Roy Carroll has joined the club on a one-year contract after impressing in two pre-season friendlies.

A goalkeeper was a priority at Meadow Lane following the departure of Bialkowski and Carroll was obviously keen to return to England following a spell abroad which saw him play for Odense in Denmark, before playing for Crete and Olympiakos in Greece. His time abroad was fairly successful as he was voted goalkeeper of the year whilst in Denmark and was part of an Olympiakos side that won three consecutive league titles.

He has also returned to the Northern Ireland international set-up in recent years and will be hoping he can have a successful season now as Notts County's number one. One of his teammates will be former Leeds United and Manchester United player Alan Smith.

Smith joined just after the culmination of last season following his release from Milton Keynes Dons. The 33-year-old's career has been hampered by injuries and his best times were at the start of his career at Leeds. Now playing as a central-midfielder Smith has been brought in as a player-coach.

Smith and Carroll will both provide invaluable experience on and off the pitch at Notts County having both been through an awful lot in their careers. County manager Shaun Derry worked wonders last season in his first role as a manager to guide the club away from the relegation zone in League One. Although he will be the first to admit that it will be great to have further experience on hand to provide assistance.

Notts County begin their League One campaign on Saturday away to Preston North End.


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