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Kyle Lafferty looking forward to spearheading Kilmarnock’s Premiership comeback after signing new deal at Rugby Park

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Kyle Lafferty. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA

Kyle Lafferty. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA

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Simone Magill. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

Simone Magill. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

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Kyle Lafferty. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA

Kilmarnock will have Kyle Lafferty in their ranks for their top-flight return after the Northern Ireland international signed a new one-year contract.

The former Rangers and Hearts forward returned to Rugby Park in January to help Derek McInnes and his squad secure the cinch Championship title.

The 34-year-old has scored 21 goals in 28 appearances over two spells in Ayrshire.

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract and extend my stay with Kilmarnock,” Lafferty said.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute since coming back in January and winning the league title at Rugby Park in the way that we did was a really special night in my career.

“The manager has been fantastic with me and all the lads here and together with the support of the fans, we’re all looking forward to more exciting times in the Scottish Premiership.”

Lafferty’s former Northern Ireland team-mate Warren Feeney has, meanwhile, agreed to stay on as manager of National League South outfit Welling United.

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Feeney steered the club to safety and will now build for the future.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland Under 21-international Kyle McClelland has turned down a new contract at Rangers and attracted interest from West Ham United, Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United. The 20-year-old has been a regular in the Rangers B squad that finished second in the Lowland League.

Northern Ireland and Everton striker Simone Magill, meanwhile, will leave the club when her contract expires at the end of June.

The 27-year-old joined the Toffees from Mid-Ulster Ladies in 2013 and helped the club win promotion to the Women’s Super League five years ago.

The forward made history when she signed for the club as she became the first female Northern Irish international to sign a full-time professional deal.

“I just loved to be a part of Everton and I’m so proud to represent the club and what it stands for,” she said.

“The work they do in the wider community, I’m so passionate about that as well.”

Closer to home, Ryan McConville is leaving his role as Women’s Academy Manager at Larne.


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