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Banks joins up at Dundee United

Steve Banks in action for Hearts
Banks is the only goalkeeper currently on the books at Tannadice

Dundee United have signed former Hearts goalkeeper Steve Banks as a player/coach on a three-year contract.

The 37-year-old will act as back-up as manager Craig Levein scours the market for a new goalkeeper this summer.

Lukasz Zaluska, Michael McGovern and Scott Thomson have all moved on from Tannadice under freedom of contract.

"I wanted to find an experienced goalkeeper who could still play at the highest level," Levein told the Dundee United website.

First-choice keeper Zaluska agreed a move to Celtic in January, while McGovern and Thomson do not feature in Levein's plans.

Banks, who started his career at West Ham and has played for Gillingham, Blackpool and Bolton, began coaching during his time with Hearts.

The Englishman last played a match for Hearts in February 2007 and was relegated to youth team duties at Tynecastle last summer, following a fall out with club owner Vladimir Romanov.

"Stevie will act as back up keeper for our new first-team keeper, but has such experience and ability that I'd have no hesitation in starting him in the first- team, should the replacement for Lukasz take a little longer than anticipated to find," added Levein.



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