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Liam Boyce ready for 'step up' as he joins Burton Albion for club record fee

Former Cliftonville striker on the move after a fine season in Scotland

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce has signed for Burton Albion for a club record fee.

The 26 year-old has penned a three-year deal at the Championship club in a move that costs Burton a reported £500,000 as they triggered a release clause in Boyce's Ross County contract.

The forward earned his move after netting 23 Scottish Premiership goals for Ross County last term, enough to become the league's top scorer.

Just a couple of weeks after scoring his first goal for Northern Ireland in the win over New Zealand, Boyce says he is ready for a 'step up' in quality as he prepares to ply his trade in England's second tier.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to finally get it done. There’s been a lot of speculation so now I’m just happy to be here," he told the Burton Albion club website.

 “I kept in touch with Jackson (Irvine - who joined Burton from Ross County last summer) after he came down here. He has done well and it has been a good platform for him to come and play his football. He’s been brilliant the past season and I just hope to come in and do the same.

 “I want to go to the next level and, no disrespect to Scotland, but the English Championship is a step up in quality and I wanted to come and test myself.”

Boyce will be playing under the stewardship of Nigel Clough, son of legendary manager Brian. The Burton boss was just as delighted to get the deal over the line.

“He’s a good player who can get goals," Nigel told the club burtonalbionfc.co.uk.

 “He was the top scorer in Scotland which, when you consider the incredible season Celtic had, that’s some going in itself. He’s another late developer and Ross County is proving a good breeding ground for players after him and Jackson Irvine.

“Liam has done very well there for a couple of seasons and he’s a full Northern Ireland international.

 “Some people say he’s not easy on the eye at times but he’s a good all-round player. He’s not blessed with pace but holds the ball up well and gets in the box. If you think of all the chances we created last season then, hopefully, if we can do the same again he can get on the end of them.

 “He’s the right kind of character and he is desperate to come down and prove himself in England.”

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