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After Linfield's double delight, now for the treble

Healy wants one final big performance from Linfield to end season on a huge high

By Graham Luney and Stuart McKinley

Triumphant title-winning manager David Healy will demand his Linfield players give him "one more big game" to secure an incredible treble this season.

The Blues won the League Championship for the 52nd time on Saturday when they defeated Cliftonville 3-1 at Solitude to finish two points above Crusaders at the summit.

While the celebrations continued all weekend, Healy will insist the partying comes to an end as the Blues prepare to tackle Coleraine in the Tennent's Irish Cup final at Windsor on Saturday.

The Co Antrim Shield, along with the Gibson Cup, are safely locked away in the trophy cabinet at Windsor Park, and Healy would dearly love to add the Irish Cup to that collection.

The former Northern Ireland goalscoring sensation says: "Winning the title is fantastic and we have quite rightly enjoyed the celebrations after all our hard work, but we now have one more big game remaining and it is one I and I know the players will be relishing."

Healy, already with an eye on next season, looks set to win the race to sign Portadown midfielder Robert Garrett, ahead of a posse of other clubs.

Garrett, who turns 29 later this week, is expected to sign a two-year contract at Windsor Park in the next few weeks after choosing the Blues ahead of interest from Ballymena United, Crusaders and Glenavon.

He returns to Linfield, where he previously played from 2008 to 2014, after spending the last three seasons at Shamrock Park.

Meanwhile, Portadown have confirmed that striker Mark McAllister will leave the club to join Crusaders.

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