Kilmarnock have confirmed the signing of Northern Irish striker Kyle Lafferty as the well-travelled veteran makes his return to Rugby Park.

Lafferty scored 13 goals in 13 games for Killie last season before rejecting a new contract and trying his luck with a move to Cyprus but has now signed a deal until the end of the season with Derek McInnes’ side.

After signing on to confirm his return to Kilmarnock, Lafferty is aiming to help fire the Ayrshire side back into the Premiership at the first time of asking.

“It’s a great feeling to be back at Kilmarnock, I feel I have unfinished business here,” Lafferty said.

“The last time I played here we were relegated, which was a low point in my career so to get the opportunity to fix that and get Killie promoted back to the Premiership is something I’m excited about.

“I’m a huge admirer of Derek and his work at Aberdeen and getting the chance to work with him is really exciting.”

“Where he wants to take the club and how he saw me fitting in ticked all the boxes for me.”

The veteran could make his debut this weekend in the Scottish Cup against Dundee United and will wear the number 28 shirt.

Killie boss Derek McInnes is delighted to get the experienced Lafferty to commit to his side as he challenged the former Rangers and Hearts star to fire Kilmarnock back to the Premiership, saying: “I’m delighted to get Kyle on board and I think he’ll give us personality, presence and experience.

“We were looking for added goal threat and Kyle has been here before and done well.

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“From speaking to him, he wanted to help Kilmarnock get back to the Premiership. He’s someone I’ve tried to work with before at different times and for one reason or another, we haven’t been able to do it.

“I want him to be a real positive influence on the team and I’m thrilled to get him on board to help us with our targets for the season.”

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