On Thursday evening, Linfield manager David Healy confirmed the signing of Harland and Wolff Welders goalscoring sensation Michael McLellan on a deal until the end of the 2016/17 season. McLellan is one of five signings for the Blues in the January transfer window alongside the arrivals of Ross Gaynor, Stephen Fallon, Gary Lavery and Ruairi Croskery.

The 23 year-old played for Linfield in his youth before heading across the water to Preston North End but returned home to sign for Portadown in 2012. After an unsuccessful spell at the Ports he moved on to Ballymena United where it didn't work out. He joined H&W Welders in 2014 and went on to score an impressive 74 goals in 56 games, averaging 1.32 goals a game.

McLellan will have the challenge of finding his way into the Linfield team with Andy Waterworth, Guy Bates, Ruairi Croskery and Paul Smyth all making up The Blues' striking options.

The signing of McLellan has divided opinion amongst local football fans.

The big question will be whether McLellan will be able to score goals in the top flight after his two unsuccessful spells in the league previously, but he believes that was due to being played out of position and he's now back enjoying his football again. 74 goals later, he's back for another crack, this time with his boyhood club Linfield.

Healy will hope McLellan can continue to score goals in the Blue shirt and follow in the footsteps of Paul Heatley, Stuart Dallas and Joe Gormley, or more recently Andy Hall and Joel Cooper by making the step up from lower leagues.

With McLellan's goal scoring record in the Championship it was inevitable that an Irish Premiership club would soon give him another chance. There were a number of clubs looking to sign him including champions Crusaders.

For Linfield, it's a low risk, high reward type deal. East Belfast Blueman McLellan will have the perfect mentor to work with, with his new boss being Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy and arrives with a point to prove.