Kyle Lafferty has returned to Kilmarnock, signing a short-term deal at Rugby Park and saying he has “unfinished business” in Ayrshire.
The Northern Ireland international had a prolific spell at Killie last season but his 13 goals in 13 games wasn’t enough to help Tommy Wright’s side avoid relegation from the Premiership.
Lafferty left the club in the summer, and disputed claims that he had rejected a contract offer to remain, and had wanted to help the club’s promotion efforts.
Wright has since departed Rugby Park and new manager Derek McInnes has made his move to add a player he says he tried to sign several times in the past.
McInnes said: ““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.
“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.”
Lafferty told the club’s website: “It’s a great feeling to be back at Kilmarnock, I feel I have unfinished business here.
“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.”