Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that Alan Mannus will rejoin the club in the summer.
It had been announced earlier in the week that the 35-year-old would be leaving St. Johnstone after seven seasons in Scotland, at which time rumours began circulating that Mannus could be on his way back to the club he left in 2011.
The Hoops confirmed the news on Wednesday evening, with the Northern ireland international set to arrive back in the League of Ireland next month when his current contract expires. He will then train with the squad before making the move official when the summer transfer window opens on July 1st.
Mannus initially joined Rovers from Linfield in August 2009. The Canadian-born stopper a part of the side that finished second in the Premier Division that season, and was between the posts as Michael O’Neill’s men went won better and won the title the following two years. He was also name SWAI Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010, and was nominated for the PFAI Players’ Player of the Year award.
He moved to the Scottish Premiership in 2011 and went on to spend almost seven seasons with St Johnstone, He started in the Scottish Cup final victory over Dundee United, the first time in the club’s history that they had won the trophy.
Internationally, he has earned eight caps for the Northern Ireland squad since making his debut in 2004. He was part of O’Neill’s Euro 2016 squad, but did not make any appearances in France.
His re-signing comes at a time when Rovers’ goalkeeping situation is under scrutiny. Manager Staphen Bradley has rotated between Kevin Horgan and Tomer Chencinski, with neither player performing well enough to nail down a sustained spot in the starting eleven.