TOMMY WRIGHT has secured his first signing as Kilmarnock manager with former Rangers and Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty moving to Rugby Park until the end of the season.
The Northern Ireland frontman left Serie B side Reggina in January and a possible move to Romanian side Sepsi failed to materialise before new Killie boss Wright swooped to offer him a return to Scotland.
Subject to international clearance, Lafferty will go straight into Kilmarnock’s squad for their game against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
“I have been out of the game for a month now but I am obviously delighted, it is just round the corner from my home as well, that is important to be close to my family,” the 33-year-old said.
“I am excited to be back playing football and I am excited for the challenge. I have 10 games outside the (Scottish) cup and it will be good to get back playing, hopefully scoring goals and hopefully get the team pushed up the league.
“Training with the team today for the first time and seeing the players, I am puzzled as to why they are down in the bottom three.
“The squad that we have is definitely top-six. Hopefully, I can come in and add to the team and get the goals to push us up the league and if we can get into the top six we will be happy. That is the aim, to get close to the top six.”
Tommy Wright spoke of his delight after securing his fellow countryman in quick fashion after defeat midweek to Motherwell.
He added: “It is evident all season we have lacked goals and that was emphasised on Wednesday night when we had a number of great balls in the box and controlled large parts of the game but couldn’t get that all-important goal.
“It was fortunate that the Romanian thing fell through and once the board knew he was available acted quickly and got it done quickly.
“The paperwork is done, he trained this morning and we are just waiting for international clearance and if he is available he will be included tomorrow and hopefully we will get him on the pitch.
“I think it is going to be good for both of us, I can help him and I think he will be a big help to us as well. He is experienced, he knows the league and that fact that he is 33, a short-term contract, he will be playing for his future as well, which is important, and he will be really focused with that in mind.”