Football - Boyd keen to get career back on track

Kris Boyd has declared himself hungry to make up for lost time as he looks to resurrect his career at first club Kilmarnock.

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Kris Boyd has re-signed for Kilmarnock (PA Photos)

Boyd could make his return to the Kilmarnock side in Wednesday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hibernian after re-signing for the Ayrshire club on Saturday. The 29-year-old has not played since September, when he made his last appearance for Portland Timbers in the MLS.

Boyd previously had an unhappy spell in Turkey with Eskisehirspor, walking out on the club over their failure to pay his wages.

The former Rangers striker, who scored 12 goals for Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest in his one season in England, was eager to be closer to his family and jumped at the chance to sign for the club where he scored 67 goals in his formative years.

And speaking at his media unveiling on Monday Boyd, who is the SPL's all-time top scorer with 164 goals, said: "I feel as if, apart from maybe the first four or five months that I had in America, it's been two years probably wasted in terms of football.

"But I am ready to get back at it and play and this is a great opportunity to do that. You learn a lot of things as you grow older. It's part and parcel of football. There have been difficult moments but that's in the past now."

Boyd added: "I felt as if I need to go back to basics and start again. Kilmarnock gave me the opportunity to do that and it's a great opportunity to take a step back and appreciate what you've got and get your head down, work hard and get games.

"But nobody is just going to turn round and give me them. I need to work hard in training to get myself in the team and hopefully between now and the end of the season I can do that and start scoring goals on a regular basis again."

Boyd faces competition from Paul Heffernan, who took his recent tally to six goals in five games when he netted in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, along with fit-again Cillian Sheridan and young forwards William Gros and Rory McKenzie.

"There is competition," he said. "That's a good headache for the manager to have. There are options there but I'm hungry and ready for the challenge. I have faced many a challenge in my career and this is another one. But I'm up for it and ready to get about it and hopefully get back playing football on a regular basis."

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