After spending the entire summer searching, Linfield manager Warren Feeney has finally been able to sign a striker - himself.
After having a late offer for Warrenpoint Town man Daniel Hughes turned down and seeing a deal for German hitman Thiemo-Jerome Kialka break down over an issue with flights for his wife to visit, Feeney missed out on a mystery third target when the player backed out of coming to Windsor Park just hours before Tuesday's signing deadline.
With only Andy Waterworth and Guy Bates offering experience in the attacking area, Feeney registered himself, but he won't be playing in tomorrow's Danske Bank Premiership game at Ballinamallard United (3.00pm) after having surgery on his hand.
"I thought I had a deal with a very, very, very talented striker," said Feeney.
"We had agreed everything with the club, but the player decided to withdraw from the deal at the last minute, which is very frustrating for us.
"I think he would have been a good player, a really good player, and he has proved himself in the league down south.
"Unfortunately we move on and we can still sign players outside the window who are out of contract and there are going to be plenty flying around."