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Striker Thompson set for Linfield repeat

By Graham Luney

Linfield lost and gained a striker yesterday — but it is the hitman they have gained that will have Blues fans dancing for joy.

Mark Miskimmin, who handed in a transfer request earlier in the year, agreed terms on a two-year deal with Glenavon yesterday for an undisclosed fee.

It’s an exciting new chapter in the career of the 22-year-old but Linfield’s new arrival will not need a guided tour around Windsor Park.

The man who signed a new three-year deal for David Jeffrey’s side yesterday is already a Linfield legend — Peter Thompson.

The Northern Ireland international’s career was in limbo as League One side Stockport County had his name on their books but their financial woes have been well documented and Thommo’s leap of faith across the water failed to pay dividends.

Thompson returned in January on loan from County and, rolling back the years, he helped the south Belfast giants celebrate a fourth league and cup double in five seasons.

Both clubs have now settled on a deal which will see the 26-year-old keep alive his love affair with the club where he came through the ranks.

Not surprisingly, Jeffrey is thrilled to extend Thompson’s stay at the international venue where he will go to work with the club’s full-time players.

“Things have happened very quickly and I am absolutely thrilled with the news,” said the Blues boss.

“Strikers are certainly worth their wait in gold and this is excellent business for the club.

“Peter is very proud to play for Linfield and I know he is very thankful to the club — as am I — that we were able to keep him here.

“We have an excellent team at Linfield and people like Ken Greer, Jim Kerr and Paul Weir have worked hard to see this transfer come to fruition.

“The situation could have dragged on a bit with more uncertainty so everyone is happy — more delighted than relieved.”

Carling Premiership defenders can brace themselves for more sleepless nights now that the prolific Thompson has pledged his future to the champions as they bid to retain their crown.

Jeffrey would have searched high and low for a striker if an arrangement with County failed to materialise, but the chances of him locating a player of Thompson’s finishing prowess would have been very slim.

“The bottom line is that Peter has come back to the club where his career started and he loves it here,” added Jeffrey.

“He’s 26-years-old and it’s just wonderful to have a player of his quality and commitment on board as the club bids to secure more honours.”

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