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Kris Boyd: I want to pay Kilmarnock and Gary Locke back for their faith

Striker is back for a third spell in Ayrshire on a two-year deal with the option of a third season.

Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke (left) joins newest signing Kris Boyd as he returns to the club for a third spell
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Kris Boyd is determined to repay Kilmarnock and manager Gary Locke after returning to the Ayrshire club for a third spell.

The forward has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third season with the Rugby Park men after a disappointing second stint with Rangers.

Boyd, 31, left for Ibrox after hitting 22 goals in 2013/14 to ensure Kilmarnock retained their top flight status.

Killie boss Locke tried to sign the forward during his time in charge of Hearts and Boyd wants to help his former team-mate reach the top six this term.

He told STV: "I’m delighted, it is a great opportunity to come back and play.

"Hopefully it is regular football again. I found myself getting that a couple of years ago and I really, really enjoyed it.

"When he was the Hearts manager he was desperate to get me there. I was still coaching kids here on a Thursday night so there’s always been a relationship.

"I’ve kept in close contact with him so for me it was a pretty easy decision once we sat down and spoke about it.

"I started my career here and it looks like I will finish my career here, which I’m delighted to do.

"This time it is a bit of me paying Kilmarnock back for what they’ve done for me over the years."

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