The 26-year-old defender is one of six summer signings made by manager Micky Mellon as he bids to compete at the top end of League One after a season battling the drop.

Ryan McGivern (born 8 January 1990) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for League One club Shrewsbury Town. He can play as a left-back or a central defender, and has represented Northern Ireland in international football.

Born in Newry, County Down, McGivern is a product of the Manchester City youth teams. He played in the club's 2008 FA Youth Cup final win over Chelsea.[1] He scored in the 2007–08 Premier Academy League play-off semi-final win over Sunderland, before featuring in the side that lost to Aston Villa in the play-offs.

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“He’ll go into the team and be a very positive influence in the dressing room.”

“If he gets the consistency needed back into his game, I can see him getting himself back into the Northern Ireland squad.”

“He also has a good presence height-wise and is very committed towards the team so they’ve got themselves a very good player.

Worthington also reckons McGivern is the right character to fit in well at the Greenhous Meadow.

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“He’ll be a good asset to the team.

Alnwick made his debut for the club in the opening game of the 2015-16 Sky Bet League One campaign away at Crewe Alexandra. His impressive form was a major part in Vale's start to the season. That form earned Alnwick a brand new two-and-a-half year contract which will keep him at Vale Park until 2018.

He was out of the first team picture in the first two months of the 2015–16 season, before he returned to the starting eleven due to injuries to Ryan Inniss and Remie Streete.[30] He was released upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.[31]

“He’s always been a very good pro and I never had any issues with him at all,” added the former Norwich manager.

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McGivern was a regular at various under-age levels for Northern Ireland, winning caps at under-17 level in 2006,[33] before elevation to the under-19 set-up in 2007.[34] He played in the Northern Ireland elite side during their 2008 Milk Cup win.[35]

"It's always been strange having played 12 times for Northern Ireland before playing for City. Since coming back from Walsall, I would say it is the first chance Roberto Mancini has had to see me and hopefully he has liked what he has seen so far. I've been at the club for seven years and there were times when I thought it would never happen - but now I'm just hungry for more. I would say that chat with the manager was the first conversation we have had because he isn't that sort of boss."

McGivern signed with League One side Shrewsbury Town in June 2016, along with former Port Vale teammates AJ Leitch-Smith and Louis Dodds.[32]

He had spells with Leicester City, Walsall, Crystal Palace, Morecambe, Bristol City and Hibernian before moving to Vale Park in 2014.

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But Nigel Worthington, who gave McGivern his international debut and the majority of his 23 full Northern Ireland caps, believes the defender will have a big influence on the Salop team next season.

McGivern agreed a two-year contract with Hibernian after his contract with Manchester City came to an end.[25] He made 38 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign, as the club suffered relegation into the Championship under the stewardship of Terry Butcher.

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The 26-year-old signed professional forms with Manchester City in 2008.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:14, 2 October 2016 (UTC).

“I gave him a lot of his caps and in all of those he never, ever let me down.

He began his career with Manchester City, and after he won the FA Youth Cup with the club in 2008 he played on loan for Morecambe, Leicester City, Walsall, Crystal Palace, Bristol City and Hibernian. He spent the 2012–13 season on loan at Hibernian, playing on the losing side in the 2013 final of the Scottish Cup, before he joined the club permanently for a one season stay in the Scottish Premier League. He joined Port Vale in June 2014, and then moved on to Shrewsbury Town two years later.

“Ryan is a very good left-back and has a nice left foot,” said Worthington, who played with Town legend Nigel Pearson at Sheffield Wednesday.

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McGivern, who joins Olly Lancashire, Gary Deegan, Louis Dodds, Antoni Sarcevic and AJ Leitch-Smith, can play left-back or in central defence and has been released by Port Vale after two seasons.

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McGivern, Ryan - Shrewsbury (ENG)

He won caps for Northern Ireland at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels before he won his first senior cap in August 2008. He has also played for the Northern Ireland B team.

He played in Northern Ireland's first two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Romania but is on the periphery of Michael O'Neill's squad.