Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football

I'm here to fire Linfield to trophy glory, says Blues' new striker


By Adam McKendry

Linfield new boy Achille Campion says he's joined the club to win trophies after his loan move from Cork City was confirmed last night.

The 27-year-old, who hails from Paris, will be with the Blues until June having agreed a short-term deal with the Windsor Park side.

He made headlines back in November when he came off the bench at the Aviva Stadium in Cork's FAI Cup final success, scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw before they went on to defeat Dundalk on penalties.

Campion also picked up a League of Ireland winner's medal with Cork City last season, and he admitted that he wants more silverware before returning south.

"I'm delighted," Campion commented on his move to the defending Gibson Cup champions.

"I've been speaking to David Healy a lot in the past and he convinced me. I'm very grateful to (Cork boss) John Caulfield for letting me go on loan to win some trophies, because that's what I'm here for."

It's likely that the Frenchman won't receive international clearance in time to feature in Saturday's Irish Cup fifth round tie against Glebe Rangers, however he could make his debut in the Blues' midweek game away to Carrick Rangers on January 9.

"I just want to get going and gel with the team and help any way I can to win," Campion added.

It was long rumoured that the Blues had another striker lined up, and Campion joins Kurtis Byrne in making the move from the League of Ireland to the Irish League, the latter officially joining from St Pat's Athletic on New Year's Day having been announced last month.

The pair's arrival also means Linfield have addressed what has been a problem issue for them so far this season up front, adding two more options alongside Andy Waterworth, Louis Rooney and Brandon Adams.

In Campion, Linfield have signed an experienced head, the powerful forward having had stints at Sligo Rovers and Port Vale along with brief spells in the lower leagues in Sweden and the USA.

"He's a player we know well and have seen play live several times," Linfield boss David Healy enthused.

"He will add experience and quality to the options available to us in our forward line and I'm really looking forward to starting to work with him in training.

"Our scouts have monitored his progress and he's coming to us on the back of a very positive season, having helped them to a league and cup double. I can assure our supporters that we will continue to seek fresh faces for the challenges that lie ahead for us in our league and cup campaigns."

Healy added: "I know our supporters will give Achille and Kurtis a warm welcome and I've been grateful to our board for the positive backing to our efforts to strengthen our squad as we aim to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can."

Meanwhile, Danske Bank Premiership leaders Crusaders have also announced an arrival from the League of Ireland as they strengthen their squad for the run-in.

Finn Harps midfielder Jonny Bonner has made the switch to Seaview, and will link up with Stephen Baxter's side ahead of their Irish Cup tie against Maiden City on Saturday.

The Buncrana man, who plays in the centre of the park, has made 50 appearances for the Harps, starting 33 of those and scoring twice.

However, after the Donegal outfit were relegated from Ireland's Premier Division, 26-year-old Bonner expressed his dissatisfaction with his game time and asked for a move away.

Crusaders have also announced that defender Michael Kerr has gone on loan to Ballinamallard United until the end of the season.

The centre-back has struggled for game time behind established squad members such as Colin Coates, Howard Beverland and Mark McChrystal.

This will be the second time 19-year-old Kerr has gone on loan having spent the second half of last season at Ballymena United.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph