Kenny Shiels believes Rory Patterson will bring some much-needed quality to Derry City.
The Candystripes have been stripped bare in recent weeks, with Mark Timlin and Patrick McEleney both leaving the club, but Shiels has acted decisively, signing Patterson to a one-year deal, a move which should guarantee Derry goals.
The striker, who famously scored two goals in Derry's 2012 FAI Cup success over St Patrick's Athletic, ended his spell Down Under to return to FC United of Manchester, but the temptation of returning to the Brandywell proved to be too strong and the deal was completed yesterday.
"He adds experience and know-how and hopefully goals," Shiels said. "He's only 31 so there's plenty of life in him yet. He really loves Derry City and he wants to play for them.
"We lost three big-hitters in McEleney, Timlin and Lowry and you can't lose that quality without replacing it. We're hopeful of getting one more in over Christmas but we'll see how that goes."
Shiels believes that Patterson should now be given a clean slate as he returns to the club hopeful of repeating his goalscoring heroics from his first spell.
"We spoke about everything and we focused more on what he can bring to the table," he said. "It's a new chapter for Rory at a club that he's familiar with."