It has that Gary McAllister feel to it.
Crumlin United have brought in an experienced and respected player from a team lower down the division just like Liverpool did with they brought in the Coventry captain in 2000.
There is the same left field air to the arrival of Alan Barrett to Pearse Park, but that same it makes sense when you think about it feeling- and those around Crumlin are hoping it will prove Barrett’s stint will prove as successful as the former Leeds players was at Anfield.
The midfielder joined Tolka Rovers from Valley Park mid way through the 2015/16 season and played a vital role as they completed the great escape under John Chandler.
He remained at the club last season and was part of a disastrous spell as Rovers got relegated.
However, the captain remained a solid performer at Frank Cooke Park and was part of a team that looked capable but just void of confidence.
He now moves to a team with different priorities and will be eyeing a title push. Barrett looked a quality operator in the centre of the park for Tolka over the last 18 months, but talk coming out of Pearse Park is he may make an appearance across the back line.
With new signing Craig Walsh, serial winner and chief creator Ger ‘Buzzer’ Rowe and David Vickery at the club it could prove hard to break into the midfield three, but if Barrett is to play a more defensive role Crumlin certainly do have adequate cover centrally with Barrett around.
Indeed, the player himself may be confident he could push for a starting berth centrally as the season progresses.