Carroll Signs For Hammers

WEST Ham United is pleased to announce the signing of Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

The former Manchester United 'keeper was delighted to agree terms with the Hammers and is looking forward to the new challenge ahead at Upton Park.

Carroll began his career with Hull City in 1995 and established himself as the Tigers first-choice in the 1995-96 season, aged just 19.

His form earned him a £350,000 move to Wigan Athletic in 1997, where the strong, commanding goalkeeper continued to earn rave reviews for his performances, making 135 League appearances for the Latcis.

In July 2001 Manchester United paid £2.5 million for his services and he went on to spend four years at Old Trafford, fighting it out for the number one jersey with a succession of opponents.

Limited first-team opportunities saw him leave Old Trafford this summer, but Alan Pardew believes Carroll's experience could be vital for the season ahead.

"The injury to Jimmy Walker in the Play-off Final was a real hammer blow for us," he said, "and I've moved quickly to rectify that situation by signing Roy Carroll, who is an established Premiership goalkeeper.

"Roy comes to West Ham United in his prime and because of his association with Manchester United will not be fazed by the size of this Club.

"I believe Roy's best years are ahead of him and when a club is re-introduced to the Premier League, as we are, goalkeeper is an essential position.

"Roy brings all the qualities we need for the coming campaign and we're delighted to have him as part of our squad.

"This will be the first of what I hope will be three or four more signings to strengthen the team for the challenge ahead."


Name: Roy Eric Carroll
Born: Enniskillen 30th September 1977
Height: 6ft 2ins
Weight: 12st 9lbs
Previous Clubs: Hull, Wigan, Manchester United
Honours: Premier League Winner 2003, FA Cup Winner 2004/Runner-up 2005
International: Northern Ireland - 16 full caps