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Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie has agreed to join Irish League side Glentoran for the 2009-10 season.

Gillespie, who has won 86 international caps, was with Bradford City last season but failed to win a contract with the League Two club.

Irish Premiership champions Glentoran plan to parade their star signing at the Oval on Tuesday night before the derby clash with Linfield.

But it is believed the 34-year-old will not play in the high profile fixture.

The signing is a huge coup for east Belfast club Glentoran who pipped Linfield to the Premiership crown by a point last May.

It is understood sponsors have helped the Glens finance the dramatic signing of the former Newcastle hero.

However, the move could well signal the end of Gillespie's 15-year international career.

When asked on Tuesday about the player's rumoured move to the Irish League side, Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington said it would not enhance his international prospects.

Gillespie began his career in England as a teenager with Manchester United where he was in the same FA Youth Cup-winning team as David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

But he is best known for his spells with Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, as well as his performances for Northern Ireland with whom he was a definite fans' favourite.

Gillespie also had periods with Leicester City and Sheffield United, plus loans spells with Wigan Athletic and Charlton Athletic.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/irish/8202669.stm

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