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Sheridan enjoys Killie style
Published : 14 Sep 2012 15:34:00
Cillian Sheridan accepts he needs to score more goals and believes Kilmarnock's style of play can help him do that.
The striker could make his debut for Kilmarnock in their SPL clash with Hibernian on Saturday after moving to Rugby Park from CSKA Sofia. The former Celtic and Motherwell forward, who was close to signing for Hibs last summer, chose Killie despite having what manager Kenny Shiels said were more lucrative offers from other SPL clubs. Those offers came despite what Sheridan admitted himself was a disappointing goal return in his season loan at McDiarmid Park last term.
The Irishman scored four goals in three games a year ago but was soon troubled by a hamstring injury and ended the season with a tally of five in 32 appearances. Sheridan, who has signed for two years, said:
"I need to score more goals. Last year I was doing a lot of hard work and playing a lot of games but I just didn't have the goals to go with it. "That's one of the worst things when you finish a season and you have been playing so many games, and have such a small number of goals.
"That's the main thing I need to work on and hopefully at this club I can do that." Sheridan added: "I had a chat with manager before I signed and was excited about what he said. "When you know how keen a manager is to get you in, it helps you make your decision. "I had a few SPL options but I was excited about what I heard. "He said the style of play would suit me, and when he is so keen, that really can sway things.
"But he wants someone up top to finish all their passing. "I like to make runs and I think they have got midfielders that can pick them out." Sheridan signed for Kilmarnock last week after cancelling his contract with CSKA. "When I first went over it was good and then we ended up having to agree to part ways," he said.
"It was in the best interests of both of us. "When I went back over to Bulgaria I was looking forward to it but things didn't work out. "When things don't go your way you want to get back to something you know, so it was a bit of a relief." Despite being unable to settle, Sheridan does not regret moving to Bulgaria.
"The weather dictates a lot," he said. "You are training in the evening so you are hanging about all day.
"My last game was in 38 degrees, so it totally drains the energy out of you. It's more technical.
"But there were a lot of positives as well, to experience a different side of playing football, and I think I was lucky to get it at such a young age."