GREENOCK footballer Adam Frizzell says he’s determined to reignite his career after suffering an injury-hit start to the campaign.

The Scotland Under-21 international was looking to impress during pre-season with Kilmarnock as he flew out to the world-renowned La Manga training centre in Spain.

But the 20-year-old’s plans to work his way into the first team fold were scuppered when he tore the cartilage in his knee and had to have an operation, ruling him out for the first six weeks of the season.

After chats with Killie boss Steve Clarke, they agreed it was best for Frizzell to go out on loan to Queen of the South and the winger believes things are now looking up for him at Palmerston.  

He told the Tele: “It was during a game I did it, the way I turned on my knee the Astro doesn’t have much give on it and that damaged.

“It was a horrible feeling, and I was just lucky that it wasn’t a bad one and it was only just over a month out. They’re the most feared ones so when I found out it wasn’t as bad as we were expecting it was a positive, if you can call it that.

“We went to La Manga, I got a good pre-season under my belt with Killie and it was the Betfred Cup games I thought I might get a chance to show the gaffer and get myself involved at Killie.

“We both agreed the best thing for me was to play games, and I wasn’t going to get a lot of game time at Kilmarnock after my injury, and the best option for me was to go out on loan until January and reassess my options then.”

The youngster had a few options in the Championship, but after chats with fellow Greenock-born and ex-Morton midfielder Gary Harkins, now at the Doonhamers, and Killie teammate Dom Thomas, he knew Queens were the right club for him.

He added: “There were a few clubs interested in me but I know a few of the boys at Queen of the South so I felt that was the best fit for me.

“Gary Harkins is a Greenock boy and Dom Thomas was there for the six months before, and I called up and spoke to them.

“I went to Livingston and their style of play didn’t suit me, they were quite direct so I was never going to make an impact and wanted to make sure his one was right for me.

“I see Gary out and about. He spoke very highly of Queen of the South and said it would suit me being the type of player that I am and that there are a good bunch of boys there and I’d fit in well.

“I’m happy now and I have a bit of time to get a few games under my belt and show people what I can do. I’m probably not back to full fitness just yet and I’m trying to get my match sharpness back.”