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lafferty kyleKyle Lafferty wanted a return to Hearts this summer after his contract was cancelled at Rangers. It didn’t happen and today he’s signed for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08.

He was one of Steven Gerrard’s early signings last summer for Rangers but things didn’t work out and his two year contract was mutually terminated following the end of last season.

At the time, Lafferty told the Daily Record: “I’ve enjoyed playing abroad, I enjoy that type of football and the lifestyle of being abroad as my family would enjoy that but it’s not about just going somewhere hot and sunny.

“My preference would be to stay in the (Scottish) Premiership and my ideal move would be to go back to Hearts as I enjoyed my time there. People don’t realise how big a club they are but they are a terrific club who’ve signed Conor Washington an international team mate of mine. He’s someone who will score goals and that’s what Hearts need right now.

“I need to sit down and assess things and decide my next step. We’ll see what the next chapter is.”

That next chapter is to the eleven year old Sarpsborg 08 who are currently bottom of the top division in Norway. but their sports director Thomas Berntsten said: “Lafferty will help to tilt the matches in our favour. There will be some yellow cards, but also many goals. We think this will be a very good (signing).”

Lafferty, who made his debut for Burnley in August 2005 and left for Rangers in the summer of 2008,  said: “I’m here to score goals and work really hard for the team and the club that I’ve got a really good impression of. I want to come up with something different and an experience I hope the team will enjoy.

“I’m a big, strong striker. I know tough battles are coming, but I’m always ready for a fight. I’m here to help save the club’s place in the Elite Series and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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