Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon has warned Damien Duff that there is no room for slackers in his squad and that the former Irish international will have to prove his worth to the team.
The Irish centurion put pen to paper on an 18-month deal yesterday and is expected to be training fully in two-and-a-half weeks but Fenlon is looking to be impressed.
"We can accommodate him in different areas (positions) but that's on the basis that he's in the team. He knows himself it's not just a case, he just comes in and plays. He's got to work hard to get in the team, get himself fit first."
The midfielder had an operation on an ankle injury sustained in action with former club Melbourne City F.C. in Australia but is on the verge of recovering fully.
The Rovers boss already has a collection of very talented midfielders and forwards and despite his age,36, Fenlon still sees Duff playing in an attacking role within his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
"He can probably play in them three positions behind the striker the way we're playing. It gives us different options with the other players we have that have played in them positions. We're delighted to have him."
You can listen to more from Fenlon on Duff here