Linfield sign Northern Ireland keeper Jonathan Tuffey

Jonathan Tuffey

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey has joined Linfield after being released by Scottish club St Johnstone.

The 26-year-old from Banbridge, who has also played for Partick Thistle and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, made his senior international debut in 2008.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Johnny's ability and talent," said Blues boss David Jeffrey.

Tuffey's arrival will provide strong competition for current number one keeper Alan Blayney.

Tuffey has played just 17 club games in the last three years and only once in his sole season with St Johnstone.

"It's probably one of those situations where the circumstances seem just about right for everyone involved," Jeffrey told the club website.

"What has been most pleasing about Johnny's signing is not just his desire to come and play for Linfield but his willingness to join Linfield within the existing wage structure at the club.

"He is a massively talented player and I'm very excited by his signing.

"I'm just delighted, as I'm sure our supporters will be, to be able to strengthen the squad with what is a most significant signing."

Jeffrey also praised the work of club scout Willie McKeown in bringing Tuffey to Windsor Park.

Tuffey is the fifth summer signing for the Windsor Park club, following the arrival of Mark Haughey, Matthew Clarke, Andrew Waterworth and Aaron Burns.

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