Roy Carroll in goal for Northern Ireland during a friendly against Slovenia at Windsor Park back in March. Niall Carson
Homeward Bound

Former Man Utd goalkeeper Roy Carroll will join Linfield when he returns from Euro 2016

Carroll has been released by Notts County and will return to Northern Ireland after 21 years playing abroad.

LINFIELD HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of Roy Carroll on a one-year deal.

The former Manchester United man has been released by League Two club Notts County after two seasons as first-choice goalkeeper at Meadow Lane.

Carroll will link up with former Northern Ireland team-mate David Healy, who took over as manager at Linfield last year.

“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,” said Healy, whose side will be aiming to end a five-year wait for a NIFL Premiership title next season.

Linfield, Northern Ireland’s most successful club, finished second in the table to Crusaders last season as well as losing to Glenavon in the Irish Cup final.

Carroll, who played his youth football with Ballinamallard United, will be returning home after 21 years abroad. The 38-year-old Enniskillen native will be part of the Northern Ireland squad that competes at Euro 2016 in France, beginning next month.

Carroll won Premier League and FA Cup medals during a four-year stay at Manchester United, during which he made 46 appearances. He also had spells with West Ham, Odense in Denmark and Olympiacos in Greece.

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