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Brad Lyons

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June 17th 2021: Midfielder Brad Lyons has agreed a two-year deal with Killie following his summer exit from Blackburn Rovers.

Brad helped Morecambe gain promotion to League One last season and has enjoyed a taste of the Scottish game during a 2019 loan spell with St Mirren. Hailing from Coleraine, the Northern Irishman’s form earned him a move to Ewood Park.

Brad said: “It feels brilliant to be a Kilmarnock player and I’m so thankful to the manager for bringing me to such a big club. He’s really well known and respected in Northern Ireland and it was a no brainer to come and play under him. I had a great run with Morecambe and to experience Wembley. It was a great experience and one I’ll never forget and hopefully we can experience promotion here too. I’m an all-round midfielder. I don’t mind doing the defensive duties and then trying to get forward as much as possible. Hopefully I can help the team and add more goals to my game. 

Tommy Wright: “He’s a strong player with plenty of energy and he’s another who is a good age. He had options but this was where he wanted to be so I’m glad to get Brad in.  He’s a box-to-box midfielder and I do feel that one area that we can help him with is to get him back to what he did in the Irish League, which was score goals. He had a good scoring record with Coleraine, had a decent loan at St Mirren and did well at Morecambe last year.”

Aug 6th 2021:  "I’ve never had any dealings with him (Tommy Wright) directly before, but because of my Irish league connections and because he’s from back home I knew a lot about him.  My brother is a big Irish league fan, so he knew all about him and how he works.  Obviously he’s a big name so it wasn’t hard to find out stuff about him, but everyone had only good words to speak about him. From my first meeting with him I knew straight away how passionate he was about football and that his will to win is great, I’m glad to be on board. I think his experience with St Johnstone helps massively, it’s about winning and doing it each week. But also you look at what he did for St Johnstone, his development of players was incredible and he turned players into great players.  That was massive for me, because I’m still at the start of my career so I am learning every day with the players here.  It was great to win, (Vs Ayr) but to get to play in front of fans and see the passion they have was something else. The amount of noise they made just pushes you on even more. Football is nothing without fans in my opinion, so it was great to see and hopefully in the weeks to come there’s more and more coming and we can keep them happy."

June 7th 2023: Brad signs a new 2 year contract to stay with Killie!

Aug 29th 2023: Uncapped Kilmarnock midfielder Brad Lyons has been included in an injury-hit Northern Ireland squad for next month's Euro 2024 qualifiers against Slovenia and Kazakhstan. Lyons, 26, has not been capped at any level for Northern Ireland, but is rewarded for his impressive start to the Scottish domestic campaign with Kilmarnock. He scored the winner against Rangers in the opening league match of the season and played in the Viaplay Cup last-16 win over Celtic. Lyons helped Coleraine win the Irish Cup in 2018 before joining Blackburn Rovers. Having taken in loan spells at St Mirren and Morecambe, he joined Kilmarnock in 2021 and helped them achieve promotion to the Scottish Premiership last year.
NI manager Michael O'Neill said of Lyons...."He's been very combative in the games that I've seen both against Rangers and Celtic at home and Hearts away,  He's taken his game to another level. He's established himself in the Kilmarnock team which has taken him a little bit of time to do. Everyone that you speak to is very positive about Brad. He merits his place in the squad based on his performances this season."

Oct 17th 2023: Congratulations were in order as Brad Lyons (right) made his international debut for N Ireland on Oct 17th 


Oct 18th 2023: Brad Lyons admits the “proudest moment” of his career – his Northern Ireland debut – was a distant dream just a few months ago as he struggled to get a game for Kilmarnock.

The midfielder savoured his first international action in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat by Slovenia in Belfast (Oct 17th 2023) after being an ever-present in the Killie team this season.

Such a scenario appeared highly unlikely when Lyons had only started four matches heading into the final two games of last season, before being drafted in for wins over Dundee United as Killie secured Premiership safety.

“International football is the pinnacle and I am really glad I could make a dream come true and represent my country at Windsor Park,” said the 26-year-old.

"Now I have got that feeling I want it more and more and to become a regular, but that can only happen if I am playing week in, week out here, putting in performances and getting results.

"I have put in good performances here and there but this is the first season I have put it all together.

"A few months ago I would never have thought that, my goal was to get in the Kilmarnock team, but thankfully everything has come together.

"I think it shows for any footballer, if you are not in the picture just now it doesn't mean you never will be. That's down to the individual, you have got to stay fit, you have got to stay ready.

"I have a good support network and I worked my nut off every day in training. I was in the gym, if I had to do extras I was doing it just to stay ready.

"I am so thankful I did it because the two last games of last season, those performances probably got me a new contract.”

Jan 18th 2024: Derek McInness tell the press that Brad Lyons has undergone surgery and will will the next 10 weeks. 

April 5th 2024: Brad extends his Killie contract thru May 2026.... He 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.”

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