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King's Lynn Town swoop for former Northern Ireland Under-21 international from National League rivals

King's Lynn Town have completed the signing of a new defender.

Arriving at The Walks from National League rivals Eastleigh is defender Pierce Bird.

The 22-year-old centre-back – a former international with Northern Ireland Under 21s – not only has international experience but has also featured 13 times at League Two level for his former club.

Pierce Bird in action for Boston United. Picture: Oliver Atkin. (48708200)
Pierce Bird in action for Boston United. Picture: Oliver Atkin. (48708200)

On his move to Norfolk, Bird told the club's website: ‘From my point of view it’s a great opportunity for me to further establish myself at National League level.

"I had a good season with Eastleigh last season, playing 30 games in a side that only just missed out on a play off place.

"When I found out that King’s Lynn were interested in me I was excited as from what I saw of them when I played against them they are a team who like to try and play football the right way, and that is something that really appealed to me.

"This was further confirmed when I spoke with Ian (Culverhouse) and from that point onwards the decision to join was an easy one. I am use to the full time environment of football, having played at Notts County previously.

"I was impressed with the set up at The Walks when I visited last season also and it will be good to play there as a home player with supporters back inside the ground."

Bird started his career at East Midlands Counties League Dunkirk before joining Notts County, where he made 26 appearances, including 11 games in the National League.

He has had several loan spells throughout his career with the likes of Alfreton Town and Boston United, where two of his appearances for the Pilgrims came in the high-profile Emirates FA Cup fixtures against Rochdale, and now joins the Linnets on a permanent deal.

Pierce Bird. Picture: Oliver Atkin. (48708249)
Pierce Bird. Picture: Oliver Atkin. (48708249)

Bird becomes Lynn's fifth arrival of the close season, with Junior Morias, Paul Jones, Ethan Coleman and Munashe Sundire having already agreed deals at The Walks.

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