Youssouf Mulumbu says it’s nice to be in familiar surroundings after completing his return to Kilmarnock.

The midfielder is back in Ayrshire for a third spell. After his initial Killie stint won him a move to Celtic, things didn’t work out at Parkhead for the battler. He ended up on loan with Kilmarnock during the second half of 2018/19 and didn’t have a club at all last term following his Celtic exit.

Back in the Kilmarnock fold. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He’s been training with Alex Dyer’s men for a couple of weeks now and has put pen to paper on a six-month deal. He could feature this afternoon as Killie face Dundee United at Rugby Park.

It’s experienced reinforcement in the middle for Dyer although having not played for over a year, Mulumbu knows he will need time to build up his match fitness. That said, the DR Congo international says he’s excited by the prospect of playing competitive football again.

“For me nothing has changed, it’s family,” said Mulumbu of his Killie return (Kilmarnock). “I know the lads in the dressing room so it is easy to adapt myself. I needed to get my fitness back and that’s what I’m trying to do.

The former Celtic and Premier League midfielder is looking forward to the challenge. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Once I’m on the pitch I’ll be ready to go. It’s a strange feeling because being in the dressing room, having banter with the lads, feeling pressure during the week to be in the squad, it’s different.

“Whether you’re 18 or in your thirties, it’s still the same. I’m so glad to be back with the lads. They are the same, the energy is positive and we are ready to win some games. It’s easy to talk but I just want to play.”

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