Portadown's preparations for the new season continued apace with the weekend announcement of the signing of talented forward Ruairi Croskery from college football in the United States.
The 23-year-old Castlewellan native has spent the past three years playing for the South Carolina based Limestone University on a scholarship but on his return home Ports boss Matthew Tipton wasted no time snapping him up for the 2020/21 campaign.
But prior to his spell stateside Croskery was on Manchester United's books as a teenager before spending time with Linfield and then Warrenpoint Town as part of Tipton's Championship winning squad in 2017.
Tipton expressed his delight at once again linking up with a player he has long admired, "He's someone I worked with at Warrenpoint before he went to America. We've stayed in touch and I'm surprised he didn't block my number with constantly asking when he was coming home to sign for us!" he told the official club website.
"Ruairi has the ability to play in any forward position and offers us something completely different to what we have now in terms of play. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I think he’s a player our fans will get excited about and one our players will enjoy playing with."