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Tuffey sets sights on Linfield silver lining

By Graham Luney

Jonny Tuffey says he's up to speed with regard to the pressure to perform at Linfield.

The 26-year-old joined the club in June at a time when the pain was still raw from last season's heartache.

Now he's a very important piece in this new look Linfield jigsaw as manager David Jeffrey builds yet another team he hopes will challenge for the title.

Tuffey's arrival is a crucial piece of business given the injury concerns surrounding Alan Blayney.

Jeffrey has revealed that Blayney could be sidelined for up to four months.

The door has opened for Tuffey to compete with Ross Glendinning for the number one jersey and his Premiership bow ended in a 1-1 draw at Portadown.

Up next are champions Cliftonville at Windsor Park on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international had a number of options after finishing his spell with St Johnstone but the prospect of winning trophies with the Blues was a mouthwatering prospect.

"There was a couple of other things on my mind but when I spoke to the manager and saw the package they put together I felt there was a real desire from them to bring me here," said the Banbridge man.

"That was the real thing that stood out. I really wanted to come back and play some of my best football here.

"The games have come thick and fast for me and everyone has been very welcoming.

"It's been well versed to me what the club expects but that's the kind of hunger and ambition that I share.

"It is something I want to use to drive me on to get back performing at my best.

"You can see through some of the players the manager has brought in that the club means business.

"The lads who really felt that hurt last season will use that to drive them on.

"There's a great enthusiasm to try and succeed this year and put things right."

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