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Friday 05 Aug 2016
Northern Ireland transfer round-up

With the new season upon us quite a number of Northern Ireland players are starting the campaign with new clubs after a hectic summer of transfer activity.

The most high-profile moves during the close season were without doubt that of Michael McGovern and Oliver Norwood, two of Northern Ireland’s star performers in France this summer.

McGovern, who was outstanding against the Germans in Paris, made the journey South from Scotland to join Championship outfit Norwich City, now managed by his former boss at Hamilton Alex Neil, on a three-year deal.

Meanwhile 25 year-old Norwood has made the switch to Brighton & Hove Albion from fellow Championship side Reading on a deal that will keep him at the Amex Stadium until the summer of 2019.

Highly-rated central defender Ben Hall, a Northern Ireland under-19 international, will be a team-mate of Norwood’s at the South-Coast club following his move to Brighton from Motherwell.

Striker Billy McKay, who just missed out on a place at the Euro’s this summer, has been snapped up on a season-long loan by Michael O’Neill’s former assistant manager Stephen Robinson who is now in charge at Oldham Athletic.

Robinson was also believed to be interested in taking veteran defender Aaron Hughes to the League One side but the 36 year-old opted to link up with Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters.

The Northern Ireland Football League has also been a hive of activity with quite a few senior international players making the move back ‘home’.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton pulled off quite a coup when he persuaded the mercurial Paddy McCourt to sign for the Lurgan Blues after leaving Luton Town.

Midfielder’s Sammy Clingan and Josh Carson, and goalkeeper Roy Carroll, are also gracing local football after Linfield manager David Healy secured all three players on one-year deals, while 6ft 9’ goalkeeper Jason Mooney has signed for North Belfast club Cliftonville.

Full List of Transfers Involving Northern Ireland Players:

Roy Carroll – Notts County to Linfield

Josh Carson – York City to Linfield

Dion Charles – AFC Fylde to Fleetwood Town

Luke Conlan – Burnley to Morecambe

Josh Doherty – Watford to Leyton Orient

Michael Duffy – Celtic to Dundee (loan)

Stephen Fallon – Swansea City to Linfield

James Gray – Wrexham to Southport

Ben Hall – Motherwell to Brighton & Hove Albion

Lee Hodson – MK Dons to Rangers

Aaron Hughes – Melbourne City to Kerala Blasters

Jeff Hughes – Cambridge United to Tranmere Rovers

Ryan Johnson – Stevenage to St Albans City (loan)

Bret Long – Motherwell to Dundee United

Caolan McAleer – Airdrie to Greenock Morton

Matthew McClure – Dagenham & Redbridge to Aldershot Town

Paddy McCourt – Luton Town to Glenavon

Jamie McDonagh – Sheffield United to Greenock Morton

Ryan McGivern – Port Vale to Shrewsbury Town

Michael McGovern – Hamilton Academicals to Norwich City

Adam McGurk – Portsmouth to Cambridge United

Billy McKay – Wigan Athletic to Oldham Athletic (loan)

Jason Mooney – Accrington Stanley to Cliftonville

Oliver Norwood - Reading to Brighton & Hove Albion

Michael O’Connor – Port Vale to Notts County

Paul Paton – Dundee United to St Johnstone

Chris Paul - Tottenham Hotspur to QPR

Conor Quigley – Swansea City to Dundee

Josh Robinson – Crusaders to York City

Matthew Smyth – Stevenage to Dundee

Josh Stachini – Sheffield Wednesday to Motherwell

Robbie Weir – Burton Albion to Leyton Orient