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Carson hopes to follow McGovern to the top after Motherwell move

By Simon Peach

Trevor Carson aims to propel himself into the Northern Ireland reckoning after moving from Hartlepool to Motherwell. The 29-year-old is a Northern Ireland B international and has been in several full squads without making his debut.

However, the goalkeeper feels the Ladbrokes Premiership can be the springboard for further recognition.

Michael McGovern became a hero at Euro 2016 on the back of his performances for Hamilton while Alan Mannus plies his trade at St Johnstone.

Carson, who signed a three-year deal, said: "Hartlepool made me an unbelievable offer to stay, so I spoke to Michael McGovern and Liam Boyce and lads that have played up here. Everything they say about the place and the exposure they get, it was a no-brainer for me.

"There's no better example than Michael. All of a sudden he was playing in the SPL every week and the other two keepers weren't playing and (Northern Ireland boss) Michael O'Neill will say himself, that was the only reason Michael got in.

"I want to kick on in my career, but the only way I will do that is to do well with Motherwell. The manager (Stephen Robinson, O'Neill's former assistant with Northern Ireland) is putting together a young, hungry team and the team is going to do better for that."

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