David Healy announces the signing of Chris Shields.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be able to advise our supporters that Chris Shields has agreed to sign for Linfield on a 3 year contract.
Chris will join us for an undisclosed fee on the opening of the transfer window in the Republic of Ireland on July 1 and the signing will be subject to the normal international clearance formalities.
He's a very good footballer who will fit in well and quickly with our squad. He's a vastly experienced player who knows many of our players well and he knows all about the expectations at our club.
He's enjoyed success south of the border and he's determined to try and help us achieve more success in our league.
I know he's really looking forward to meeting up with our players and joining in with our preparations for our Champions League campaign.
I'm grateful to the board for their backing with this major signing and I've no doubt he will make a significant contribution to the club for the duration of his contract with us.
I'm really looking forward to working with Chris on the training pitch and I've no doubt his experience will be invaluable with our younger players, on and off the pitch.
I know he will receive a warm welcome from our supporters who will be delighted to learn of this signing of a top quality player.
In conclusion, can I thank Liam Carroll, Chris's agent and Dundalk FC for the thoroughly professional manner in which they conducted the negotiations surrounding this transfer which I'm delighted to say will reach a successful outcome when Chris officially joins us at the start of next month."
Chris Shields spoke of his delight at joining Linfield in the coming days.
"I’m delighted to sign for such a historic club like Linfield. I know the demands for success at the club and I’m hoping to help meet them. I can’t wait to meet the team now and get going with the start of the European campaign just around the corner.