Soccer: Auckland City sign former Everton defender

Auckland City FC have signed former Everton professional John Irving from Northern League First Division club Ngaruawahia United today.

Navy Blues chairman Ivan Vuksich confirmed Irving's signing on the same day the club confirmed the acquisition of ace marksman Roy Krishna.

"We are delighted that John has decided to play his football at Auckland City this summer.

"He is a top class defender who will add further depth and quality to our squad," Vuksich said, "We look forward to welcoming John to Kiwitea Street as we look forward to what promises to be another exciting season of football."

Irving becomes the second Auckland City FC player with Ngaruawahia United connections in recent times with former midfielder Matt Williams turning out alongside the Scouse import.

The 23-year-old has contributed much as Ngaruawahia United chase promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Irving turned down fellow ASB Premiership outfits WaiBop United, Hawke's Bay United, Canterbury United and Team Wellington.

The prospect of taking on the best and a FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco proved too strong a lure for Irving to miss.

Auckland City have also signed classy striker Roy Krishna from crosstown rivals and defending champions Waitakere United.

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