Portadown boss Ronnie McFall admits he is excited by the prospect of Gary Twigg making his belated Premiership debut on Saturday.
Twigg signed for the Ports back in October after a successful spell with Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland.
Transfer restrictions have forced the 28-year-old striker to bide his time to finally step out for the Shamrock Park outfit.
McFall admits it will take time for Twigg to get up to match practice, but believes the hitman has shown enough in training to suggest he is ready for the visit of Donegal Celtic on Saturday afternoon.
“Gary has looked very sharp in training, and we can’t wait for him to get started in earnest,” McFall said.
“He has had a few run-outs with the reserves and in friendly games, but this will be his first experience of the Irish League.
“There is no doubt he can shine here. He has proved what a class act he is during his time with Shamrock Rovers.
“Players like Twigg don’t come around too often and we are delighted to have him on board at Portadown.
“He has settled in well since signing for us and he just wants to get started now. He had a long season with Shamrock Rovers but he has enjoyed a rest and has got back to training.”