New signing Leon Panikvar hails Killie's 'beautiful football'

Leon Panikvar
Panikvar was handed a contract after impressing on trial

New Kilmarnock midfielder Leon Panikvar says he was attracted to the club by its stylish mode of play.

The 28-year-old, who was previously with Hungarian top-flight outfit Zalaegerszegi, signed a two-year contract on Wednesday.

"Everybody says it is a long-ball game in Scotland. But, in this team, nobody plays that - we play beautiful football," said the Slovenian.

"I like this better than long-ball football."

Panikvar had impressed on trial and in a friendly against Sunderland but will have to wait a while longer to make his competitive debut.

Manager Kenny Shiels is looking for the midfielder to make a big contribution this season but thinks he is not quite ready to make his debut against Hearts on Sunday.

"We feel he has the European experience and fits into our system and fits in to our budget," said Shiels.

Panikvar began his career with Maribor in his homeland before joining top-flight rivals Primorje in 2008.

He moved on to Zalaegerszegi a year later and the midfielder, who also had a loan spell with Bela Krajina while at Maribor, helped the club finish fourth in Hungary's top division last season.

However, his contract was not renewed in the summer.

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