Linfield complete signing of Portadown defender Chris Casement on two-year deal

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Linfield have completed the signing of Portadown defender Chris Casement.

“I’m absolutely delighted to advise our supporters that agreement has been reached between Portadown and Linfield to enable Chris Casement to sign for us tonight on a two-year contract,” Linfield manager David Healy told the club’s official website.

“I just want to welcome Chris back to a club he obviously knows well from his previous spell at Windsor Park.

“He’s someone I’ve known for quite some time and he’s a player I’ve wanted to bring to the club for a while. It’s taken quite a while to get to this point but I’m just relieved and delighted to have got the deal done tonight.”

Casement – who moved to the Ports from Linfield in 2012 – had submitted a transfer request at the end of last season.

“I want to thank our board for backing me with this signing and I’m really looking forward to working with Chris in the future,” Healy added.

“Chris is a quality defender in a position I want to add experience to the squad in, so Chris will be a great addition to the squad and I’m sure he will make a significant contribution to the club in the future.”

Portadown boss Pat McGibbon will continue to reshape his squad ahead of the forthcoming Danske Bank Premiership campaign.

The club kitty at Shamrock Park has been bolstered by a transfer fee but Irish Football Association restrictions prevent McGibbon from signing players on professional terms until next June.