Linfield boss Warren Feeney is long-time Stephen Lowry admirer
Linfield manager Warren Feeney has revealed that he has had his eye on the club's latest signing for some time.
The Blues boss swooped to bring Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry to Windsor Park 12 months after the player turned down a move to Linfield.
And his second chance with Linfield came about because he had drawn attention from Feeney long before he became manager of the club.
"He is one that I have always kept an eye on, even when I was in England," said Feeney.
"I know what he is about and he is one that was up there on my list of players that I wanted.
"I know that Linfield wanted him before, but he didn't sign so I am absolutely delighted that he has signed now because he is technically one of the best midfielders in this league and I think that he will be a great signing for Linfield."
Linfield confirmed Lowry's signing 48 hours after his brother Philip announced that he was leaving the club for Derry City.
Feeney had offered Philip a new deal, but he doesn't see his departure as a negative.
"He has done well for Linfield and served the club well," said Feeney.
"I'm not going to sit here and say that it's sad to see him leave because that's football. I am more excited about his brother coming in."
Feeney will start work in earnest when the players return for pre-season training in two week's time.
"I just want the football to get started," said Feeney. "I have had my break and I just want to get working with the players now."