Norwich fans react on Twitter to signing of Michael McGovern

Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern

The goalkeeper made a big impression for Northern Ireland at the recent European Championships.

Germany's Thomas Muller in action with Northern Ireland's Michael McGovernGermany's Thomas Muller in action with Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern

Norwich City have signed Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a three-year deal, as stated by the club website, following his release from Hamilton Academical this summer, and Norwich and Northern Ireland fans took to Twitter to give their opinions on the deal.

It is something of a coup for the Canaries, with the stopper having excelled for his country in recent appearances.

Manager Alex Neil told the Norwich website: "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 was a star at the European Championships this summer, making a series of impressive performances as he helped his side to the knockout stages in France. He was a vital member of a side that famously beat Ukraine 2-0, while his performance in a narrow 1-0 loss to World Cup holders Germany very much caught the eye, and ensured the free agent would have had many suitors across Europe.

McGovern spent time at Celtic as a youngster, making it to the bench in a Champions League game against Barcelona as a youngster but failing to make a first team appearance for the Bhoys.

He would go on to make his name at a trio of Scottish Premiership and Championship clubs, first with Ross County and then Falkirk and finally Hamilton.

It was at the Accies that he worked with current Canaries boss Alex Neil, and upon signing with the East Anglican outfit, the 32-year-old made it clear that the pull of working with his former manager was a big factor in his decision to join Norwich.

"Having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me," McGovern told the Canaries 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."

Supporters from his country and new club reacted to the deal on Twitter, with McGovern now set to battle England international John Ruddy and Declan Rudd for the number one jersey:

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