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Chris Shields is a ‘big signing’ but Linfield still ‘three players short’, says Jamie Mulgrew

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Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew (left) with the club's trustee Jack Grundie

Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew (left) with the club's trustee Jack Grundie

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Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew (left) with the club's trustee Jack Grundie

Influential Jamie Mulgrew believes Linfield boss David Healy pulled off a summer coup with the signing of midfielder Chris Shields.

The 30-year-old penned a three-year deal at Windsor Park this week, having spent the last decade with Dundalk, where he won five League titles.

Having lost three stalwarts to Glenavon last month — Andy Waterworth, Mark Haughey and Mark Stafford — Mulgrew believes the experience that Shields will bring will make him an instant hit with the fans.

“He is a big signing for us, with plenty of experience,” said Mulgrew. “Chris is a winner — he’s won plenty of trophies in his time with Dundalk.

“I’ve played against him before, so I know the quality he has as a player. We lost a lot of experience and big personalities over the summer, so it was important to get someone of that calibre.

“It was well documented there were other teams chasing him, but he made it clear he wanted to come to us. Linfield was the only team he was interested in joining.

“I don’t think it mattered what any other teams offered him, or what kind of package they put in front of him, he simply wanted to come to us.

“I’m sure there will also be other players arriving over the summer. In my opinion we are still perhaps three players short but everyone is working hard behind the scenes to bring in the right kind of players.”


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