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Linfield sign veteran keeper Roy Carroll

Linfield have signed former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

The Fermanagh man signed a one year contract.

Linfield manager David Healy said: "I'm delighted to be able to advise our supporters that Roy Carroll has signed a one year deal as a player to take effect from 1 June.

"He's obviously a player I know very well and he will bring with him considerable experience which will be of enormous benefit to the goalkeepers in our squad and indeed our entire squad.

"I'm looking forward to working with him once his international commitments are concluded in the coming weeks."

Carroll hopes to be involved in Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 adventure in France before retiring from international commitments to focus on his club career.

A move for the 38-year-old was discussed when Warren Feeney was Linfield boss.

Blues supremo David Healy knows the former Manchester United stopper's experience, class and leadership qualities will be a significant boost to his squad.

Carroll began his career in the youth ranks at Fivemiletown United and Ballinamallard United before joining Hull City in 1995 but a move to Linfield would hands him the opportunity to win Irish League trophies in the autumn of his career.

The 41-times capped Northern Ireland international would earn wages of around £400 to £500 a week at Linfield - much lower figures than when he signed for Manchester United for £2.5m in July, 2001.

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Carroll was first choice goalkeeper under Sir Alex Ferguson for four years and at the height of his club career at United would have pocketed £20,000 a week.

His current club Notts County could not match those figures but Carroll would still have earned significant sums at West Ham, Rangers, Danish outfit Odense and Greek Superleague sides Olympiacos and OFI Crete.

Carroll battled gambling, drink problems and depression in his career but moving to Greece changed his outlook on life.

He previously stated: "You get a lot of knock-backs in football, you get the high life and the low life and I've had a lot of low lifes. If you're young, you don't play and you're getting £20,000 a week, do you sit in the house?

"I was concentrating on going out, not on my football."

The return of the Northern Ireland favourite to Windsor Park would also leave Ross Glendinning sweating on his number one role at the Blues.

Glendinning has been given a chance to showcase his shot-stopping skills after Feeney allowed former Northern Ireland international Jonny Tuffey to join Glenavon in May.

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