FORMER Rangers and Hearts striker Kyle lafferty has joined English League One side Sunderland on a short-term contract.
The Northern Ireland international was a free agent after leaving Norwegian outfit Sarpsborg 08 following their escape from relegation.
Wearside boss Phil Parkinson told the local media: “I’m pleased to welcome Kyle to the club and I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“He’s an experienced striker who provides us with another option in the final third. He adds competition for places at the top end of the pitch, which is something I felt we needed.”
The hitman agreed a deal until the end of the current campaign.
Lafferty, 32, has had a nomadic career and has also played for Palermo, Norwich City, FC Sion, Burnley, Darlington, Birmingham City and Caykur Rizespor.
Steven Gerrard cut short his second spell at Ibrox after previously paying out £500,000 to take him from Tynecastle.
There were reports of the player returning to the Edinburgh outfit, but it appears new boss Daniel Stendel, who has axed skipper Christophe Berra and Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan, has other ideas for the club.