by Ed Leahy

Former Shamrock Rovers star striker Gary Twigg has completed his move to Irish League side Portadown.

The Scottish striker finished off his four-year stint at Rovers with two goals in the Hoops’ 2-0 victory over Airtricity League champions Sligo Rovers on Friday night.

Twigg, who quit Rovers due to family commitments, signed a three and a half year contract with the Shamrock Park club, which begins in January.

"It was right to leave Shamrock Rovers on good terms." - Twigg

Twigg will be available for the second half of the Irish League season once he gains clearance in the New Year.

Striker Twigg scored 89 goals throughout his four seasons at Rovers and Portadown are delighted to have landed someone with such a goalscoring pedigree.

Ports manager Ronnie McFaul said: “We have been chasing Gary for a long time. It goes without saying that when someone of his quality comes along, we will try to sign him. His signing is a boost for the whole league.”

Twigg said: “Portadown have been the only club I have met with. The chairman and manager have met with me on three or four occasions and I liked what they had to say.

“I agreed to join the club in the summer and wanted the news to come out earlier, but for obvious reasons it was right to leave Shamrock Rovers on good terms.

“The manager and chairman are very positive and assured me of their desire for success for the club and I want to be a part of that and win trophies.”

Portadown are currently in eighth place in the 12-team Danske Bank Premiership with 16 points from 13 games.