Glenn Ferguson believes the return of Gary McCutcheon can inspire Ballymena United up the Danske Bank Premiership table.
McCutcheon has agreed a short-term deal that will see him join the Showgrounds club for the rest of the season.
The 36-year-old striker spent two years with Ballymena before joining Crusaders in the summer of 2012.
But now the Scottish hit-man is preparing to return to the Braid club.
“Gary is a quality operator. He can score you goals but he also a great link-up player,” Ballymena manager Ferguson said.
“We obviously know him well from his first spell with the club. We didn’t want Gary to leave back in 2012, but he wanted to go and try and win silverware with Crusaders.
“We are delighted he has agreed to return to Ballymena. It is a positive signing for the club and hopefully he can help us get to where we want to go this season.”
Ferguson admits McCutcheon is relishing his return to Warden Street following a frustrating spell with Crusaders.
The striker has found regular first-team football hard to come by this season, but is now itching to get started with the Sky Blues.
“It was a simple deal to do. We met with Gary and agreed the contract. We just need the t’s crossed and i’s dotted.
“He just wants to be playing regular football. Every player wants that.
“He maybe didn’t play as much as he would have liked at Crusaders, but he will get his chance at Ballymena and I am confident he will take it.
“He brings so much to the table and he will be a positive addition to the squad.”
McCutcheon won’t be available to play for Ballymena until January 3 when they play Glenavon at the Showgrounds.