Irish Premiership: Linfield sign Joe Crowe from Norwich City

Joe Crowe displays the Linfield shirt after completing his move to Windsor Park
Joe Crowe displays the Linfield shirt after completing his move to Windsor Park

Teenager Joe Crowe has moved from Norwich City to Premiership champions Linfield in a two-and-a-half year deal.

The 19-year-old was on loan with Limerick from July until the end of the League of Ireland season in November.

"He's a versatile player who can cover several defensive positions," said Blues boss David Healy.

Meanwhile, Ards have signed Linfield midfielder Ross Clarke on loan until the end of the end of the season.

The 24-year-old moves to the Co Down club a fortnight after Blues team-mate Cameron Stewart also joined Ards on loan.

Clarke's switch to Ards comes a day after Coleraine signed midfielder Aaron Burns from Linfield.

"We'd all like to wish him well in the challenge he will face there," Healy told the club website.

"It's a great move for Ross to go there and get the regular competitive first team game time that he needs at a good club."

Ross Clarke
Ross Clarke is the latest Linfield player to make the move from Windsor Park to Ards

Linfield Swifts duo Reece Neale and Timmy Brown signed for Ards earlier in the transfer window.

Crowe arrives at Windsor Park as the fifth-placed Blues aim to make a strong finish to the season.

"He's a player I know well from when I was a coach at international under age level," added Healy.

"Joe is local boy from Sandy Row who is very enthusiastic about joining the club and he will provide us with 'a bit of steel' defensively.

"He's a competitive lad and he will strengthen the squad and increase competition levels. I know he will prove to be a quality addition to our squad."