Northern Ireland goalkeeper Trevor Carson has joined Scottish Premiership side Dundee United on a two-year contract.
The 33-year-old, who missed the majority of last season with Motherwell as a result of a knee injury, explained his reasons for remaining in Scotland despite speculation he was about to return to football south of the border.
“There was talk of me moving back down to England for family reasons,” Carson told the club's website. “But once Dundee United came in for me and I spoke to the gaffer (Tam Courts) and Sporting Director Tony Asghar it was a no-brainer to come here.
“It's such a great club with a great history, I’m so excited to be part of it. Last year was a decent return to the Premiership, but this year promises a lot more.
“You look at the squad, a great mix of experience and young players coming through. Hopefully, I can add my experience and know-how to that.”
Absolutely delighted to sign for @dundeeunitedfc. Been a tough few months with the injury but I’m fit and ready to go and it’s only made me more determined to get back to my very best, and what a place to be able to do it. Thank you for the welcome 🧡🖤 pic.twitter.com/k7trfUbTXH— Trevor Carson (@trevorcarson24) July 8, 2021
Carson, who made 78 appearances in his four years at Motherwell, has been handed the number 16 shirt. He will be competing for a first-team place at Tannadice with Benji Siegrist but it is a challenge he admits he will relish.
“Benji was one of the top goalkeepers in the league last season. So I know it's going to be a challenge for me.
“You’ve got to embrace that I’ve been in the game a long time and if you’re not up for a challenge then you're in the wrong sport.
“One of my short-term goals is to come and give Benji a good run for his money. Hopefully, it will be a healthy competition.”