Dundee boss Paul Hartley is hoping that new signing Rory Loy will have a similar impact to the one made by Greg Stewart at the club.
Falkirk front man Loy has penned a pre-contract with the Dark Blues and will move to Dens this summer.
He follows a similar path from the Championship as that trodden by striker Stewart who joined Dundee from Cowdenbeath last year.
The 24-year-old has been a revelation and has already netted 14 times this season.
Now, Hartley has similar high hopes for 26-year-old Loy.
When asked if he felt Loy could make the same impact as Stewart, Hartley replied: “Yes, I think so. He is a little bit older than Greg and more experienced.
“He is a player we believe will do well for us. He has proved over the last couple of seasons in the Championship that he can score goals.
“He will be a good addition to the squad.
“I think there were a couple of other teams interested in him but we acted swiftly.
“We managed to convince him that this is the right club for him over the next few years.
“He still has a job to do for Falkirk and I am sure he will be totally focused on doing well for them until the end of the season.”
When asked if he thought that Loy was ready for the step up to the Premiership, Hartley insisted: “Yes, I believe he is. The only way you will find out is if you play them to see if they can handle it.
“However, we have shown with Greg, Scott Bain and Paul McGinn that players from the Championship can deal with it.
“I don’t think there is a massive gulf between both leagues.
“You just have to pick the right players with a strong mentality who you believe can do well for you.”
Dundee travel to the Highlands tomorrow to face a rejuvenated Ross County side.
The Staggies have won their last two matches to haul themselves off the foot of the Premiership table after boss Jim McIntyre bolstered his squad during the January window.
However, Dundee are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run and with potentially only one fixture next month, Hartley is determined his players will be going all out for the full three points in Dingwall to head into their break on a high.
He said: “You can see the improvement County have made over the last few weeks after bringing a few players in.
“I think this is a really tough game for us and a hard challenge we will have to be ready for.
“We believe this is a vital match. We think it is massively important if we have any aspirations to stay in the top six.
“So this game is critical for us.
“There is a two to three-week period where we have no game which isn’t ideal for us.
“We might take the players away for a few days next week training. There will also be a rest period as they have had a lot of games recently.
“We have to find a balance.
“We have a few injuries and the break might help them clear up but in terms of momentum, it is not ideal.
“There might only be one game for us in March.”
Those injuries mean Hartley will be without five players for the County game.
The manager added: “Simon Ferry returns to the squad which is good but Kosta Gadzhalov, Paul Heffernan, Iain Davidson and Luka Tankulic will be out while Gary Irvine will miss the next four weeks with his knee problem.
“Gary had been doing well and scored a few goals from full-back but with him being out, it gives someone else a chance to stay in the team and that’s what happens in football.”