Crusaders snap up long-admired Andrew Mitchell
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has strengthened his title-winning squad with the addition of former Northern Ireland under-21 international Andrew Mitchell.
The 23-year-old midfielder is the second player to join the champions, following the signing of striker Jordan Forsythe from Bangor.
Mitchell was snapped up by Manchester City in he early teens, but he has spent most of his career in Scotland after joining Rangers as an 18-year-old.
He made his debut for the Gers late in the 2011-12 season, before they were demoted to the Third Division. He went on to play seven time that season before joining Annan Athletic on loan and then made that a permanent deal in January 2014.
He signed for Southport in the English Conference last summer, but returned to Annan in February and is now coming home.
Crusaders chairman Stephen Bell said: "It is superb we have signed Andrew on a two-year deal.
"He is a player who Stephen Baxter has long admired and he will fit into the team with no problems.
"We can look forward to seeing yet another exciting local lad play in red and black and giving his all for Crusaders."
* Dungannon Swifts manager Darren Murphy has been busy, signing four players in the space of 48 hours.
Cormac Burke and Dale Montgomery have joined the club from Institute and Armagh City respectively.
Also signed up are ex-Swifts favourite Ryan Mullan and Alan Teggart from Ballymena United.