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Portadown swoop to sign Roy Carroll after former international leaves Linfield

 

Roy Carroll
Roy Carroll

By Graham Luney

Portadown have emerged as favourites to sign former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

The 41-year-old is keen to continue his career after leaving Linfield last month.

Currently recovering from a serious knee injury, he was offered the chance to work with the Blues in pre-season, though with his existing deal coming to an end and no new contract on the table, the Fermanagh man opted to part company.

Carroll, who joined Linfield in 2016, has plenty of admirers, but Championship side Portadown are at the front of the queue.

Ports boss Matthew Tipton needs to recruit a shot-stopper and the only footballer in history to win league titles in England, Greece and Northern Ireland, with Manchester United, Olympiakos and Linfield respectively, would be warmly welcomed.

"We need a keeper and we are hoping to bring one in," said Tipton, who has signed former Larne defender Paddy McNally.

Former Glenavon and Ballymena United defender McNally was a key part of the Larne side who coasted to promotion last season but has moved on after not being able to fully commit to the club's full-time plans.

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Portadown, of course, will be aiming to get back to the Danske Bank Premiership after missing out last term via a play-off defeat to Carrick Rangers. The Ports were relegated back in 2017.

Carroll, meanwhile, has joined the respected OneTwo football agency.

The former Rangers stopper will work alongside OneTwo founders Keith Gillespie and Brian Adair representing footballers all over the United Kingdom and beyond.

Carroll, who played 45 times for his country and was part of Michael O'Neill's Euro 2016 squad, is keen to use his experience in the game to provide players with expert advice and guidance during and after their careers.

"I'm very pleased and proud to now be part of the OneTwo football agency," said Carroll.

"Moving into this area of the game is a big step for me and I wanted to make it with people that I trust. Brian and Keith are in that category.

"It's important to me that a football agency wants to do the best for footballers in every sense and has player welfare at heart. Having spoken at length with them about the business, I know that is key in the OneTwo agency."

Carroll's former NI team-mate Gillespie said: "It is brilliant for us to have Roy on board. He will be an outstanding addition."

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