Portadown FC signs Twigg

Published Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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Portadown Football Club have revealed they have signed Shamrock Rovers striker and League of Ireland top goal scorer Gary Twigg.

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The Scotsman is under a new three and a half year contract with Ronnie McFall's side, after seeking advice from Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

Twigg moved from Brechin to the Rovers in 2009 under O'Neill and said he is looking forward to starting next season with the Ports.

"It's a well-run club and they want to do things properly and they want to be successful and when he said that I knew I had made the right decision," he explained.

Twigg scored 81 times in 111 league outings and it is hoped he could fill a void for Portadown, who lost star player Matthew Tipton when he signed for Linfield in May.

Portadown manager, Ronnie McFall described Twigg as a natural finisher and was keen to point out his new signing's strong points.

"He's slightly different to Tipton, more mobile. He's decent in the air, he's two footed and can score goals and that's the reason why we signed him," said McFall.

McFall said the club put in a lot of work to get Twigg on side, but he hopes the coming season will be worth it.

"We met him three or four times and we are obviously delighted that we eventually persuaded him to come," he added.

As well as moving up the league table, Twigg will be training closer to home.

"My family's based up here, and I'm at the age now I feel I've to do it to help out my wife really," he said. "I'm away from home four or five nights a week and it's just not good enough."

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