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Linfield sign former Glenavon attacker

New Linfield signing Daniel Kearns says he can withstand the Windor heat and help bring trophies back to south Belfast.

The 26-year-old, who spent six months with Glenavon in 2016, has joined the Blues on a two-year deal from Limerick, where he had scored one SSE Airticity League goal in 13 appearances this season.

"My aim is to enjoy my football and I want to score goals, win football matches and win trophies and I believe I can do that here," he told the Linfield website.

"I know there’s a lot of pressure on the players at this club, as the demands and the expectations are so great but the pressure will bring out the best of me and I’m used to handling pressure at my previous clubs.

"At Linfield you have to be challenging and I want to contribute, to help get the club back among the challengers at the top of the table again."

Kearns joined the West Ham Academy in 2007 but was released in 2010, joining Dundalk before earning a move to Peterborough United in 2011. He made 20 Championship appearances during his first season with The Posh. He helped Chesterfield to the League Two title during a brief loan spell in 2014 and then signed for Carlisle before returning home to join Glenavon.

Linfield fans will recognise the Republic of Ireland U21 international not only from his spell in Lurgan, during which he netted against the Blues, but also for a certain 2011 performance that helped seal his move across the water.

The then teenager netted a hat-trick for Dundalk to help seal a 5-3 victory at Windsor Park in the Setanta Cup and it's those sort of displays that boss David Healy is keen to unlock.

"Daniel has good pedigree and he’s an experienced forward player, having played for a number of full time clubs," he told linfieldfc.com.

"We are well aware of his ability and he will give us really good options up front, so I’m really excited about getting started to work with him.

"He’s bright and clever and we want to get him scoring goals to get us challenging again.

"He’s really looking forward to getting started with us and he really impressed us at training on Thursday and while playing as a Trialist in Saturday’s game at Dundela."

Healy also confirmed he is working to further bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

Kearns, along with fellow recruit Joel Cooper, could make their competitive debuts against former club Glenavon when the Danske Bank Premiership season kicks off on August 4.

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