Ipswich manager Roy Keane is pleased that the club managed to capture Stern John on loan until January.
The Crystal Palace striker moved to Portman Road minutes before the loan deadline on Thursday and goes straight into the squad for the Tractor Boys' game against Cardiff on Sunday.
Keane previously signed John when he was manager of Sunderland, and the Trinidad and Tobago international's goals fired the Black Cats to promotion in 2007.
"We left it late in the day but we got over the finishing line," Keane said.
"I know Stern well, he's a good experienced striker. Obviously he's not a young striker but he'll give us something different.
"He's a good character and he's a good man so I'm glad to get him.
"That was obviously about two or three years ago. He was probably one of my best signings at Sunderland in terms of what he brought to the team and the club.
"He just got on with the job - a good man, a big, strong man. Even when I let him go to Southampton, when I got Kenwyne (Jones) in, he took it really well and I remember thinking, he's a good man this fella."
John has only made two starts in the Championship so far this season for Palace and left Selhurst Park to get some games under his belt.
Town manager Keane admits he is a big fan of the former Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, Coventry and Southampton striker.
"I look forward to working with him again," he added.
"He's not the type of striker that will get behind teams or whatever like that, but he'll certainly hold it up and I believe he will get goals for us.
"We do hit some good balls into the box and sometimes we've not had that person attacking it and I think Stern will do that.
"As much as we've praised the players, particularly the strikers, for their work rate and what have you, we need someone who is going to put the ball in the back of the net because that's what's been costing us particularly over the last six, seven, eight weeks.
"We have scored 17 goals in 17 games so far and that's not good enough. Hopefully Stern coming in will help the other strikers as well as provide another attacking option for us."
Meanwhile, former Notts County manager Ian McParland has joined Ipswich's coaching staff.
McParland, who left the League Two outfit in October, will be on the sidelines for the game against Cardiff on Sunday.