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Former Manchester United defender John Curtis has signed a one-year deal with A-League side Gold Coast United, having been released by English League Two outfit Northampton Town at the end of last season.

Curtis was taken on trial by Gold Coast United last month and did enought to impress United manager Miron Bleiberg, who admitted that he was delighted to bring the right-back to the A-League.

"John impressed everyone with his skill, agility and attitude during his short time with us last month," Bleiberg said. "He is a quality player with a great pedigree and will be a big asset to us.

"His experience and knowledge will not only boost the team as a whole, but will also be a huge benefit to our younger players. We're delighted that he has agreed to join us and I'm sure he will be a big success here.

"John is a specialist in the right full-back position and that's exactly what we've been looking for. He also has a sharp football brain and can adjust very well if we need to alter our tactics during a game.

"I felt last season we were missing someone who was a natural right full-back. After watching him work I am confident that we have now found the right player to fill that role for us."

Curtis began his career at Old Trafford, where he emerged throught the Manchester United academy, but was unable to break into the first team, moving to Blackburn Rovers where he helped the Lancashire side achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2001.

He has since been somewhat of a journeyman, having experienced spells at Sheffield United, Leicester, Preston, Nottingham Forest, portsmouth, QPR, Wrexam, Worcester City and Northampton Town - where he played 17 league games last season.

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