Former Valiants: Ryan McGivern signs for Linfield

Former Valiants: Ryan McGivern signs for Linfield

Former Port Vale defender Ryan McGivern has agreed a three year deal with Northern Irish side Linfield.

McGivern was signed by Micky Adams from Scottish club Hibs in 2014.

The Northern Ireland International defender became one of a select group of players to appear for his country while a Vale player. He played two European Championship games against Greece and Romania in late 2014.

He was a fairly regular starter in his second season with the club before being released in the summer of 2016.

He subsequently had spells with Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town and Swindon Town before linking up with Linfield who are managed by another of Vale’s select group of International players – loan striker David Healy.

McGivern told the official Linfield website: “I know all about Linfield and all I want to do is to help the club be successful. It’s a great challenge for me to help the club get back to winning trophies which is what the supporters here want and expect.

“I’m really happy to have signed for what is the biggest club in the country and to play home games in such a fine stadium that I know very well.

“Of course, the manager was a big influence in me signing, as I was fortunate to have played alongside him in a few international games. I know him well and respect him greatly and I’m really looking forward to working with him and his coaches. “

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