Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson finally got his man on Thursday as Curtis Allen agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The Glens missed out on signing the former Linfield and Coleraine striker last summer after Allen sealed a dream move into full-time football with Inverness CT.
But after being released by Inverness following a frustrating spell in Scotland, Patterson has been gifted a second bite at the cherry.
“We have got our man. Curtis has been a long-term target for us. In the summer we agreed terms with Curtis, but he had a big opportunity across the water,” Patterson said.
“We were disappointed it didn’t work out, but at the same time delighted he got the opportunity in Scotland.
“I am delighted how things have turned around now, from a Glentoran perspective.
“We have got a player who we think can take us a long way to achieve what we want to achieve.
“Curtis is a winner – he has proved that at Linfield and Coleraine. He is still a young player and hasn’t hit his prime yet. He has experience too, and he can help our young lads progress.”
Patterson – whose side entertain Portadown on Saturday – hopes Allen can provide the goals his side has been lacking this season.
“Scoring goals has been our Achilles’ heel this season – it has been well documented,” he added.
“We need someone in there to score goals, and Curtis can do that. And he can help other players score goals.”
Patterson admits the club are looking at other transfer targets during January, but may have to wait until the summer to bolster their squad.
“We are looking for a defender and midfielder, and we have targeted those position.
“Letters have been sent out and we have spoken to those players,” Patterson said.