Brad Lyons extends contract with new deal

We are delighted to announce that Brad Lyons has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2026.

The Northern Ireland international joined us in the summer of 2021 and was a crucial part of our league title-winning side that season, which saw us promoted back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking.

The 26-year-old has made 75 appearances for us since joining from Blackburn Rovers, scoring four goals in that time.

This season has been his most impressive yet in blue and white stripes, starting in all 26 of his appearances – his most to date (25 and 24 in his previous two seasons respectively, most coming from the bench).

His most memorable goal was that against Rangers in this season’s league opener in which we defeated the Glasgow side 1-0 at Rugby Park.

He also scored against Hearts in the Viaplay Cup, as well as a determined goal against St Mirren where he beat Zach Hemming to a high ball to head home.

His other goal for the Ayrshire side was the opening goal in last season’s final day victory against Ross County which secured top-flight safety.

Brad is also a huge part of the club’s community initiative, helping with local events alongside the Killie Community, such as the recent World Book Day event where he met hundreds of Kilmarnock school pupils.

Staying in the area, he never passes a fan on the street without saying hello, we are sure we speak for everyone involved with the club when we say how delighted we are that Brad has opted to extend his stay in Ayrshire.

On his new deal, Brad said: “I am delighted to extend my stay here, there was no doubt in my mind about signing a new deal.

“This club means a lot to me, it has been a great three years with some fantastic memories, hopefully we can add to those special times.

“I live in the town so I know how much the club means to the fans, it’s a great club to be a part of so it was an honour to be offered a new deal.”

Killie boss Derek McInnes said: “First thing’s first, we are delighted to have Brad back in training.

“The timing of him signing this new deal is brilliant, it was a conversation we had with Brad and he was eager to commit, thankfully between the board and Brad we managed to get the deal done.

“It’s great for us, although we have a few loan players, I think it’s important that we drive a culture here that we have mainstay players, ones that we can rely on.

“Brad’s became an international player in the last year which shows the rewards are there, he’s at a good age and he will only get better and better.

“The way he’s trained this week sums it up, it looks like he’s never even been away, that’s the kind of people we need in the building to grow this club further.

“I couldn’t be happier that Brad has committed, although it wasn’t something that needed to be done right now, it was something us and Brad all wanted to get done.”