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Ivan Sproule will be a great asset for us says Jonny Tuffey

Graham Luney

Jonny Tuffey can't wait to see Ivan Sproule ripping up opposing defences in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Former Northern Ireland winger could make his debut for Linfield this afternoon at Warrenpoint Town.

Linfield's number one has had to face the former Ross County flyer several times in his career but now both men have the same goals.

And this afternoon that means getting three points at Milltown to once again fire David Jeffrey's side six points clear at the top of the table.

"I've got to know Ivan very well over the last few years from playing against him," said Tuffey.

"He is a fantastic guy with bags of experience. His game knowledge is very good and he has pace to burn.

"But the one thing that stands out with Ivan is that he's a winner. He hasn't come back to Linfield for some sort of swansong – he wants to win trophies and with Ivan in the team we have a much better chance of achieving that."

The Castlederg man, who won his first cap as a substitute in Northern Ireland's famous 1-0 win over England in 2005, signed for Linfield last month but now that the transfer window has swung open he can don the boots.

Today is not only a special day for Sproule – his new manager celebrates 17 years in the Linfield hotseat – a phenomenal achievement.

Jeffrey said: "I never ever imagined in my wildest dreams that I'd get to complete 17 years but I have enjoyed every minute of it and I take great satisfaction at being the longest-serving manager in the club's great history to date."

Blues players will want their manager's anniversary to pass without a hitch and Tuffey added: "It's the first time Linfield have been down to Warrenpoint so it's history in the making for us and I am sure they are thoroughly excited about it too.

"They are in great form and it will be a big test for us. We will give them the respect they thoroughly deserve."

The match has a 1.30pm kick-off because of recent floodlight problems at Milltown.

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