Portadown talisman Kevin Braniff excited by Gary Twigg impact at Shamrock Park

EXCITED: Portadown talisman Kevin Braniff
EXCITED: Portadown talisman Kevin Braniff

Kevin Braniff believes it may take time for Portadown fans to see the very best of Gary Twigg – but admits the Scottish striker is already looking a valuable acquisition.

Twigg has made the transition from League of Ireland to Irish League appear seamless after scoring three goals in two appearances.

It has been an impressive start for the former Shamrock Rovers striker – who signed for the Ports back in December.

He bagged the winner on his debut against Donegal Celtic before firing home a brace in last week’s Irish Cup win over Dungannon Swifts.

Talisman Braniff has no doubts Twigg will become a fans’ favourite during his time at Shamrock Park.

“It is early days for Gary and he is only getting started, so it will take time for him to fully settle in,” Braniff said.

“But when you look at his goals in the two games, it won’t take him long to adjust.

“Three goals in two games is a great start for him and hopefully he can continue in that rich vein of form.

“It will take time for the two of us to get on the same wavelength, but there is a lot to look forward to already.

“He gives us a lot of options in attack, and he is always lurking on the defender’s shoulder. I tend to sit deeper so we are different players.

“I suppose I will be more of a provider, but I have been used to that this season.”

Meanwhile, Portadown have completed the signing of former Glenavon and Aberdeen midfielder Sammy Stewart.

“We have signed Sammy from the Mid-Ulster Football League, Ports boss Ronnie McFall said.

“This move gives him the chance to get his Irish League career on track.”