Tommy Breslin admits the arrival of midfielder Robert Bayly couldn’t have been any more timely as Cliftonville look to revive their season.
The Reds boss was facing up to a potential midfield crisis following the long-term injury to Barry Johnston.
Ryan Catney is also carrying an injury that forced him out of Saturday’s late draw with Dungannon Swifts.
And with a hectic month of Premiership and cup action ahead, Breslin admits he needs every available body at his disposal.
“Robert has signed which is great news,” the Reds boss said.
“It is partly to give us extra cover in midfield. We have Barry out for the season, and Ryan is also injured. We don’t want to get caught short.
“We have the Irish Cup, and the County Antrim Shield and League Cup finals all in January, and we have a massive title run-in ahead.
“We need everyone available, and Robert is a quality player who will certainly bolster our squad.”
Bayly – a former Leeds United and Shelbourne midfielder – won the League of Ireland title with Shamrock Rovers in 2010, an the FAI Cup with Sporting Fingal the year before.
“He is a good player. He is tenacious and also brings plenty of experience to the table,” Breslin added.
“He has enjoyed some success in the League of Ireland and hopefully he can do the same with Cliftonville.”
Breslin is hoping to have Bayly available for Saturday’s Irish Cup fifth round tie with Ards Rangers.