IRISH LEAGUE: Cliftonville confirm signing of Paul George

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle
Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle

Cliftonville have confirmed the signing of Paul George.

The versatile 21-year-old – who can play as a winger or up front – began his career with Celtic and made his debut as a late substitute replacement for Gary Hooper in a League Cup victory over Ross County in September 2011.

Despite suffering a broken leg in an Under 19 fixture against Rangers, the Killough-born attacker earned the Under 19 League Player of the Season Award and has been capped by Northern Ireland at Under 16 and Under 17 level, as well as by Republic of Ireland Under 17s and Under 19s.

After a brief loan spell with Hamilton Academical and a short-lived stint with Dunfermline earlier this year, George impressed as a trialist in Cliftonville’s pre-season friendly meeting with Peterborough United.

And on Thursday night George put pen-to-paper on a contract with the Reds.

“I’m very, very pleased to have secured Paul’s services because he’s a quality player who will add an exciting dimension to our attack,” said manager Gerard Lyttle.

“He really caught the eye when he played for us against Peterborough and I know our fans liked what they saw of him that night. I’ve every faith he can replicate that kind of performance on a regular basis and be a real threat for us.”