Evening Times

Burch eyeing stay at Killie

- By MATTHEW LINDSAY

MARK BURCHILL hopes to secure a long-term deal with Kilmarnock after finally making his first start for the club and playing a key role in only their second away win of 2009.

The former Celtic and Dunfermlin­e striker set up Kevin Kyle to score the only goal of the game against St Johnstone after only 15 minutes at McDiarmid Park.

Burchill, 29, was recruited on a one-year deal in the summer, but sustained a serious Achilles tendon injury before kicking a ball in competitiv­e action.

He has had to battle back to full fitness after surgery.

However, having helped inspire the Ayrshire side to three important points, the Scotland cap is hopeful of proving he merits a longer stay at the club.

He said: “I was delighted, obviously, to get a start. It’s been an absolute nightmare since I joined the club with the injury.

“So, just to get back in the team was great and probably the most vital thing was to get the points because we’ve been struggling for points.

“I would definitely like to stay on. We’ll wait and see but I would like to stay here long term if I can do that.

“This is my first start, so we’ll wait and see where it goes from there.

“It’s been difficult for myself because I’ve been out. I’ve just been trying to impress in training and obviously I’ve done that enough to get a start.

“I did all right on Saturday and I’ll be looking to build on that in every game. As a striker it takes four, five or six games for you to really get to where you want to be.”

He added: “We are delighted with the three points. We heard on the radio on the way to the game that we had only won once away from home in 2009, so we thought we needed to change that.”

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Burchill is aiming for deal

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