Linfield Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of 26-year-old central defender Scot Whiteside from Ballymena United for an undisclosed fee.

Scot, a graduate of the Linfield Academy joins the club on a two-year contract and makes the switch back to full-time football after a six-year spell at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Prior to his time at Ballymena, Scot spent three years at the Linfield Academy before making the move across the water to Rangers and Partick Thistle. Scot returned to Northern Ireland to sign for Derry City with a short spell at Coleraine before making the move to the Showgrounds.

Manager David Healy welcomed Scot back to the club:

“I’m very happy to welcome Scot back to the club where he started his journey into professional football. Scot is a player we know a lot about having monitored him and faced him many times in his six years at Ballymena United. He comes with a great attitude and temperament which was clear to see in my time working with him in the youth international set up and I have no doubt he will fit right into the squad come pre-season. I'd like to thank Jim and Ballymena for their co-operation in the transfer.”