Ronan Doherty has been snapped up by Cliftonville, the Reds have confirmed.
Doherty had a fine first year in the Irish League Premier Division with Institute, having been signed by then ‘Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin last summer.
McLaughlin left to take the reins at Solitude during the season and has raided his former club for Doherty’s services.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Doherty said.
“It’s great to be joining such a big club where there are so many quality players and hopefully I can come in and play a big part.
“Paddy McLaughlin gave me the call a year ago about coming to Stute and, when the call came again about moving to Cliftonville, I couldn’t wait to make it happen and I’m very pleased to get everything done.”
The 23-year-old Carndonagh man made a seamless transition to Institute from Ulster Senior League champions Cockhill Celtic.
McLaughlin said: “He stepped into the Premiership and took to it straight away. We always believed he could keep getting better and better and I’m delighted to get his signature for Cliftonville.”
“At Institute last season, it didn’t seem to matter whether we won, drew or lost, opponents were always asking me who our number 6 was because people were impressed with him week after week.