Mohamed El Makrini is looking forward to a fresh start in Norway after his year at Kilmarnock came to an end.
The experienced midfielder, 33, was brought to the club last season by Angelo Alessio. Previous to his spell at Rugby Park, the Dutchman had spent time with FC Den Bosch, Cambuur, Odense and Roda JC.
During his stint in Ayrshire he made 27 appearances, scoring three times. He failed to make an appearance this season under Alex Dyer and Kilmarnock have now moved him on, with El Makrini now set to ply his trade in Norway with Start, signing a one-year deal.
It’s a challenge he is looking forward to. The midfielder has briefly looked back on his Ayrshire stint as he hopes for regular picks in a starting XI.
“I’m excited to begin and to help out the club,” said Makrini (Start). “Scotland came with Kilmarnock and it was a great experience to play in Scottish football. I know how it goes in football, I had a great season at Kilmarnock.
“This season I wanted to play the games so I’ve came to Norway with Start. I am watching how it goes in the league and I want to help the club get to a good position in the league. I am a player who works hard and has a good mentality.
“It’s a beautiful country. All the hills, the sea, it’s unbelievable. I’ve never been in Norway, it’s a fantastic area. I think we are going to enjoy it here.
“I’m a hardworking midfielder who gives everything on the pitch. I have a lot of experience and hope to be able to help the young players on the pitch. I feel in good shape, I’ve been through a full pre-season with Kilmarnock. The Norwegian league has played half a season but usually my fitness is always good.”