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Brian McGovern

Norwich Career: 2000-2002 (25 appearances, 1 goal)
Current Club: Bray Wanderers (Ireland)
Date of Birth: 28/12/1980
Nationality: Irish


At the end of July 2000, Norwich signed Arsenal youngster Brian McGovern on a month's loan with view to a permanent deal. The 20 year old 6'4 defender, can play either as centre-back or right-back, and was described as being even faster than Marc Overmars. Brian spent a 2 month loan spell with QPR in 1999/2000 but they could not afford the 500,000 fee that Arsenal wanted for him. An Eire Under 21 international, he was initially signed as cover for the injured Matt Jackson. He made his Norwich debut on 29th July as a substitute in the pre-season friendly against Heerenveen.

Brian signed a permanent deal with Norwich on 21st August 2000 for an initial fee of 50,000 that could rise to 250,000 depending on appearances etc. However he has found it difficult to break into the Norwich defence, making just 10 appearances in 2001/02. In August 2002, he submitted a transfer request for the sole reason of the lack of first team opportunities. Even the pre-season injury for Malky Mackay against Ajax did not result in a recall for McGovern as midfielder Darel Russell was used at right back !

Brian trained with Colchester United at the beginning of October 2002. Both clubs denied that he had agreed to join the Division Two side on a trial basis. As such, he was illegible to feature in a reserve game against Southend. Brian and Norwich parted company by mutual consent on 18th October 2002. In early November 2002, Brian could be found in Scotland training with SPL side Livingston.

Brian was expected to join Livingston but the FIFA transfer window prevented cross-boundary transfers until January 2003. Instead Brian trained with Peterborough in a friendly match with Arsenal and as Marc Joseph had left to join Hull, the Posh were in need of a central defender and Brian signed a non-contract agreement on 22nd November 2002. He made his debut for the Posh the following day in a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Barnsley.

In March 2003, Brian returned to his native Ireland to sign for St Patrick's Athletic in advance of the new Irish season that is to kick off in April 2003. The following month, he was loaned out to Longford who were experiencing a defensive crisis. He later made this swtich permanent.

In July 2004, Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson revealed that he had spoken to Brian's agent about bringing Brian to Scotland but nothing materialised. In March 2005, Brian was loaned to Shamrock Rovers. By the March of the following year, Brian had joined Bray Wanderers.

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