Trevor Carson says Dundee United interest convinced him to remain in the cinch Premiership as the Sunderland academy graduate signs a two-year deal at Tannadice.

The Northern Irish international joins Thomas Courts’ side from Motherwell, where he has been since 2017. Carson started his career with Sunderland and was strongly linked with his former club, English League Two side Hartlepool, but says Dundee United couldn’t be turned down.

Trevor Carson is remaining in Scotland.

Sunderland academy graduate Trevor Carson is remaining in Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He said: “There was talk of me moving back down to England for family reasons, but once Dundee United came in for me and I spoke to the gaffer and Sporting Director Tony Asghar it was a no brainer to come here. It’s such a great club with a great history, I’m so excited to be part of it.

“Last year was a decent return to the Premiership, but this year promises a lot more. You look at the squad, a great mix of experience and young players coming through. Hopefully, I can add my experience and know-how to that. Benji was one of the top goalkeepers in the league last season so I know it’s going to be a challenge for me.

“You’ve got to embrace that, I’ve been in the game a long time and if you’re not up for a challenge then you’re in the wrong sport. One of my short-term goals is to come and give Benji a good run for his money. Hopefully, it will be a healthy competition.”

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