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Jamie Mulgrew backing Carroll to be big hit with Linfield

By Adam McKendry

Linfield midfielder Jamie Mulgrew has hailed the signing of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll as an excellent addition to the Blues squad for the upcoming season.

The Windsor Park side are coming off a second successive season with no silverware but have made a significant move to strengthen their team by bringing in the 38-year old on a one-year deal.

Carroll, who will move back to Belfast from League Two side Notts County, is best known for his spell at Manchester United where he spent four years, winning one league title and an FA Cup. The veteran keeper has also spent time at Olympiakos, where he won three Greek league titles, as well as having brief stints with Derby County and West Ham United in the Premier League.

Carroll will be going to the European Championships as Northern Ireland's most experienced stopper and Mulgrew says he will be a welcome addition to a Linfield side looking to win their first league title since 2012.

He said: "With Roy signing we're getting a top class keeper, an international keeper who has played at the highest level over a long period of time, so I think that can only be good for the club.

"It's only going to be good for us as players to get a guy in who has all this experience and be an extra positive voice in the changing room."

Mulgrew was speaking at the announcement of Linfield's new double partnership with global sportswear brand Umbro that will run for the next five seasons.

Starting from the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Umbro will take over from Nike as the Blues' official technical kit partner.

The Manchester-based company won't just provide the on-pitch apparel for the Windsor Park side but will also release a range of training and leisurewear for both players and fans.

As part of the deal Umbro will also take over as Linfield's main shirt sponsors.

• Glenavon have signed former Dundela, Glentoran and Carrick Rangers goalkeeper James Taylor.

The 32-year-old will compete with Jonny Tuffey for the number one jersey after James McGrath opted to continue his career in junior football in the Fermanagh area. Taylor has agreed a one-year deal.

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