Hearts sign former Norwich goalkeeper McGovern on one-year deal

The Northern Ireland international becomes the Tynecastle side's first signing of the summer.

Hearts make ex-Norwich City goalkeeper Michael McGovern first signing of the summer SNS Group

Hearts have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

The 39-year-old, who played with technical director Steven Naismith at Norwich City, has penned a one-year deal with the option of a further year and will provide back up for Zander Clark.

He becomes the Jambos’ first signing of the summer after leaving the Canaries at the end of his contract in June.

Number one Craig Gordon remains on the long-term injury list with a double leg break sustained in December’s draw with Dundee United.

McGovern previously represented Ross County, Falkirk and Hamilton Academical in Scotland after coming through the youth system at Celtic.

He also had spells at Stranraer, St Johnstone and United prior to moving to England on the back of a string of impressive displays at the 2016 Euros.

Hearts head coach Frankie McAvoy said his experience would be “invaluable” to younger members of the squad.

“He’s got great character but, most importantly, he’s a first-class goalkeeper and you only need to look at the career he’s had to see that,” he told the club’s website.

“He’ll push Zander all the way in the training as we head towards the start of the season, and I’m certain our young goalkeepers will find his experience invaluable.”

Naismith added: “With departures from last season and Craig Gordon working hard on his rehabilitation, we were a bit short in the goalkeeping department so when the opportunity came up to bring someone of Michael’s pedigree in, it was really a no brainer.

“The experience he’s amassed playing at the highest level in Scotland, England and internationally will be massive benefit to the squad as a whole, but particularly our goalkeepers.

“We’re excited about Harry Stone’s prospects and Michael coming in allows him to get even more game time, be it with the B Team or a loan move, with a view to him coming into the first team squad.”

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