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Who is Rory Currie? All you need to know about Linfield's new striker

 

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Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy

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Linfield manager David Healy

It was a well-known fact that David Healy was keen on adding a striker to bolster his side's attacking options for the Premiership title race.

Now the Linfield boss has got his man, with the loan signing of Rory Currie until the end of the season.

Shayne Lavery and Joel Cooper currently lead the Windsor Park club's goal-scoring charts with nine each in the league but Healy will be hoping Currie can add some firepower with the Blues having scored fewer league goals than three of their four title rivals.

The manager has also confirmed he is continuing his quest to add to his panel before the end of the mid-season transfer window but for now, what do we know about Rory Currie?

Who is Rory Currie?

Age: 21

Hometown: Lanark

Position: Striker. Although he played on the wing during his youth career, he has been utilised as a centre-forward since joining his current club.

Parent club: Hearts

Big Two history: Currie spent his youth career on either side of the Glasgow divide. He signed for the Gers as a nine-year-old and moved to the Hoops three years later. He would then return to the Rangers Academy in January 2016 but only for a short stint as he rejected a contract offer that summer and departed Ibrox for a second time.

Signs of promise: It was for Hearts that he rejected the Gers, moving to Edinburgh aged 18 in a bit to kick-start his senior career. It all started well as he made 11 first team appearances, including three starts, during his first campaign at the club. He even scored his first senior goal in January 2017 during a 4-2 Scottish Cup win over Raith Rovers.

Manager change and injury woe: The upward curve hasn't exactly continued since then. Ten of those 11 games in his first campaign came under boss Ian Cathro. However, the former Newcastle assistant would last only seven months at Tynecastle before being dismissed that summer. Since then, Currie has played only 17 minutes of first team football for the club, with a troublesome knee injury ruling him out for much of the 17/18 season.

 

Loan moves: Currie's switch to Linfield is his third short-term move in two seasons as he looks to get his career back on track. He spent last season at East Fife in Scottish League One, notching seven goals in 24 appearances, including 10 starts. During the first half of the current season, Currie was at Forfar Athletic but made just a single start, six substitute appearances and failed to score.

What he has said: Currie is excited about his first move outside Scotland, particularly the prospect of working under Northern Ireland's record goal-scorer David Healy. "I'm looking forward to settling in to my new surroundings but I view this move as an exciting challenge and one I will really relish and be determined to make a positive and significant impression in," he told the club website. "I'm sure I can learn a lot from the manager who was a great striker and that can certainly help my development as a player."

Potentially permanent move: Currie's Hearts contract is due to expire this summer and so, if the move works out until the end of the season, there's a potential for Linfield to secure his services on a more permanent basis come the end of the campaign.

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