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Sunderland sign up veteran Colgan

Nick Colgan
Colgan won nine caps for the Republic of Ireland over five years

Sunderland have signed veteran Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Nick Colgan on a free transfer.

Colgan, 34, was with Ipswich Town last season and admits he is looking forward to the prospect of joining up with compatriot Roy Keane on Wearside.

"It's a huge challenge I'm really looking forward to," Colgan told the club's official website.

"He [Keane] told me he wants to carry a good squad of goalkeepers and it's my job to bring my experience to others."

Colgan will compete for a place in the side with first-choice keeper Craig Gordon, Darren Ward and Marton Fulop, who has recently been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Stoke City.

Having left his hometown team Drogheda United for Chelsea in 1992, Colgan has represented 12 British clubs including Hibernian and Barnsley.


see also
Bywater and Colgan join Ipswich
31 Jan 08 |  Ipswich
Barnsley accept Colgan's request
04 Oct 07 |  Barnsley


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