Stuart Findlay seals Kilmarnock return as Oxford United defender pens new loan deal

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Stuart Findlay has signed for Kilmarnock for a fifth time after the centre-back sealed a return to Rugby Park on loan from Oxford United.

The 28-year-old impressed last season on loan from the English side and Derek McInnes has moved to secure a similar loan arrangement for the 2024/25 season.

Findlay first joined Killie on loan from Celtic in 2015 before signing on loan again two years later after a spell at Newcastle United - then making the move permanent. He enjoyed success in Ayrshire as part of the side that finished third in the SPFL Premiership during the 2018/18 campaign and won his sole Scotland cap early the next season.

He left for a stint in the States with Philadelphia Union in early 2021 before signing for Oxford 18 months later. Despite making 44 appearances for United in his debut season, a was made available for a loan with Derek McInnes snapping him up for a third Killie spell.

Earlier this year, the popular defender said he'd 'never, ever turn my nose up' at returning with the boss also confirming he was looking to bring him back - with the deal now having been secured.

He becomes the second signing of the summer, after former Livingston striker Bruce Anderson put pen to paper on a two-year deal last month. Meanwhile, it's understood at the club are close to agreeing a new contract with midfielder Liam Polworth.

Fleetwood Town were reportedly interested in the former Inverness and Motherwell man but he looks set to be staying at Killie as they prepare for a European campaign following their fourth place finish last term.

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