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."
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