Ryan Stevenson rejoins Ayr United on 28-day loan from Partick Thistle

Ryan Stevenson playing for Partick Thistle
Stevenson has not featured for Thistle since November

Partick Thistle forward Ryan Stevenson has joined former club Ayr United on a one-month loan.

Stevenson, 31, joins an Ayr side that is six points behind Scottish League One leaders Dunfermline Athletic, but with a game in hand.

He has also played for Hearts and Ipswich Town and scored 30 goals in his first spell at Somerset Park.

"There really is nobody else I want to play for," he told Ayr's official website.external-link

"I have always wanted to come back and I knew I would at some point it was just a question of when.

"I knew the manager had been watching me and I had to weigh up what would be the right thing to do.

"It's no secret how much this club means to me and I just want to get out there and help us catch Dunfermline.

"I've been to plenty of the games this season so I know there is a lot of quality in the squad and I hope I can add to that.

"It's an initial 28-day loan and I just want to play games and then take it from there."

Manager Ian McCall added: "Ryan wouldn't have dropped down leagues for any other club. Sometimes you hear of a player who supports this club or that club, however he genuinely loves Ayr United.

"That wasn't the reason I signed him though. Ryan is not at the tail end of his career and I have watched him many times this season and it's for his ability as a footballer that I have got him here. We have a small squad here and Ryan can play in many different positions across midfield and up front.

"One thing I think we have done really well is give our supporters players that they can relate to and this is another one. We have him on a 28-day loan and are very hopeful of enticing him to stay for longer."