AUCHINLECK Talbot supporters have paid tribute to former striker Bryan Boylan after the 33-year-old's departure from Beechwood Park.

Talbot announced last week that they had agreed a deal for Boylan to return to his home town club, Kilwinning Rangers.

Boylan has made the switch back to Kilwinning after nearly four-and-a-half years at Talbot - having moved from Buffs to Beechwood Park in 2019.

During his time in East Ayrshire the talented marksman won the Scottish Junior Cup, South of Scotland Challenge Cup and West of Scotland Football League Cup with Talbot.

Boylan made 15 appearances for Tommy Sloan's side this season, scoring three times - the last of his goals coming in what would turn out to be his final appearance for Talbot as Tommy Sloan's men beat Vale of Leven 4-1 to reach the last eight of the Junior Cup.

Reacting to news of Boylan's move, one Talbot fan said on social media: "A boy who always gave his best.

"Terrific work rate and commitment and Bryan can be proud of his contribution to the club.

"His cross for Peewee’s winner against Cove [in the Scottish Cup in October 2019] will remain a great memory. Good luck big fella."

Another supporter added: "All the best Bryan. You will be missed. Good luck."

Boylan started his footballing journey in Kilwinning in the late 1990s, turning out for Corsehill United amateurs at the Pennyburn pitches which are now home to Kilwinning Sports Club and Buffs Park.

Boylan himself says his sights are firmly set on helping Buffs win promotion back to the top flight following their relegation last season.

Speaking to his new club's media team, he said: “It’s a pleasure to be back at my hometown club.

"(I) always knew I would return one day. Hopefully I can contribute to getting the club promotion and back to where we belong.”

Boylan will go straight into Kilwinning's squad to face Drumchapel United at Buffs Park in their final match of 2023 on Friday, December 29.