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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 17:38 GMT 18:38 UK
Kilmarnock snap up Clyde's Bryson
Craig Bryson
Bryson has signed a two-year contract with Killie
Kilmarnock have completed the transfer from Clyde of midfielder Craig Bryson, who has signed a two-year contract.

The 20-year-old joined up in time to travel with the Killie squad to their pre-season training camp in Italy.

And Bryson - for whom Clyde will be due compensation - is excited about the challenge facing him ahead in the Scottish Premier League.

"I want to play as much as I can for Killie. Now I need a pre-season chance to impress for the club," he said.

After coming through the ranks with Clyde, he netted in the Bully Wee's famous victory over Celtic in the 2006 Scottish Cup.

And the young forward was also on target against Rangers in the CIS Insurance Cup earlier in the 2005-06 season.

He is now confident he can repeat his headline-making exploits in Scotland's top tier.

I'm sure he'll make the most of his chance to step up to the challenge of playing SPL football

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies

"Being in the same league as Celtic now is excellent," he said. "It will be good to play against players like that.

"I don't really know what it's going to be like as, being only 20, I've still got years ahead of me to try to prove myself."

Bryson was strongly linked with a switch to the Ayrshire club and is now clearly relieved to have completed the deal.

"I wanted the move to go through, so I just kept positive over the summer," he said.

"You need the chance and thankfully the management team gave me my opportunity to prove myself here.

"Every player has to be confident in their own ability and what they can do, so I'm here to impress and play at a high level."

Killie manager Jim Jefferies was relieved to finally land Bryson.

"It took a while to get him due to the recent managerial changes at Clyde, but we've finally registered Craig as a Kilmarnock player," he told BBC Sport.

"Hopefully, he will come through into first-team contention like other young players at the club, such as Willie Gibson and Fraser Wright.

"He's a good addition to the squad and, as a club, we have to look at the First Division to keep our options open for new players.

"I'm sure he'll make the most of his chance to step up to the challenge of playing SPL football."

Killie make approach for Bryson
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