New boy Jonathan Burn eyes career spark at Kilmarnock
Jonathan Burn aims to follow in the footsteps of Middlesbrough team-mate Connor Ripley and use a spell in Scottish football to boost his career.
Burn could make his Kilmarnock debut in Saturday's Betfred Cup tie at Clyde after joining Lee Clark's side on loan.
Goalkeeper Ripley impressed on loan at Motherwell last season and Burn took note.
"He looked like he enjoyed it," the centre-back told Press Association Sport. "It's a good platform for me. I'm only 21 so it's good to get your name about. Hopefully it will be a successful loan. I'm really excited about it.
"The manager is really good at bringing young players through so hopefully I will get my chance."
Ripley's way to the Middlesbrough first team was blocked when the Premier League newcomers signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and he has now gone on loan to Oldham, where Burn played 12 times.
"Last season I was on loan at Oldham Athletic and it was a good loan but now I have a different test in the Scottish league and I'm looking forward to getting going," said 20-year-old Burn.
"I learnt at Oldham that you've got to fight for your place, you can't just turn up and expect to play in every game. You have to work hard in training and fight for your place.
"It was a lot more physical than under-21 football. You are going to get knocks and cut heads, I split my eye open."
Clark has 10 other summer signings from English football competing for a place while the transfer-listed Conrad Balatoni, Dale Carrick and Kallum Higginbotham are unlikely to feature.
Clyde defender Chris Smith is over the hand injury which affected him in pre-season and is included in the squad.
Scott Ferguson and Jon-Paul McGovern remain out with knee injuries but assistant manager Bob Malcolm is hoping Clyde can catch Killie off guard.
Malcolm said: "We have been back in for a few weeks and have worked hard. We kept a good core of the team from last season and hopefully that will help us get going quickly.
"Kilmarnock could be a brand new team and if they have not gelled together then we will look to take advantage."