With Michael McGovern searching for a new club after being shown the door by Hamilton Academical last summer, he could hardly have provided a more convincing audition – and on European football’s biggest stage to boot.
Starring as Northern Ireland held their own at Euro 2016, it was no surprise that the veteran shot-stopper wasn’t short of offers when returned across The Channel. In the end, Norwich City got their man, tying McGovern down to a three-year contract at Carrow Road.
However, while it would be harsh to label the 32-year-old a ‘tournament signing’ of El Hadji Diouf proportions, it’s fair to say his debut season didn’t quite live up to expectations.
Starting only 19 Championship games, the Eastern Daily Press report that Norwich could let him go a third of the way into his deal. And this is despite the club releasing long-serving shot-stopper John Ruddy just a matter of weeks ago.
Director of football Stuart Webber has certainly taken a risk dispensing with two experienced goalkeepers. And he’ll need to show all his transfer acumen to ensure that Norwich’s new manager, whoever that may be, is boosted by an upgrade between the sticks.
Whether that will be Lawrence Vigouroux, however, remains to be seen. The Sun reported last October that his performances at Swindon Town had caught the eye after making his loan move from Liverpool permanent.
And with Swindon dropping into League Two despite his fine performances between the sticks, it appears inevitable that the Chile youth international will find new employers this summer – even if chairman Lee Power telling the Gazette and Herald that his exit is far from a ‘done deal’.
Cleaning up at the end of season awards, picking up Swindon’s Player of the Year gong to boot, Vigouroux is simply too good for the fourth tier.
Therefore, he could be on the first pieces in Webber’s Norwich jigsaw.