DAVID SYME says he has repaid the faith shown in him by the club by signing a new long-term deal with Kilwinning Rangers.

The former Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle centre half has penned a three-year contract with the Buffs, as manager Chris Strain continues to mould his squad for the season ahead.

The defender signed from Troon in 2018 and has been a mainstay in the Buffs defence since joining.

Speaking on the move, Syme said: “I’m delighted to stay with the Buffs – it was a bit of a no brainer for me.

“I’m a local kid and I know Kilwinning well. I’ve been here for a couple of years now – it was a poor first season and successful second season.

“So the aim is to carry on from that here at the Buffs.

“I had a few offers from League One and Two sides, but hopefully everything will stand me in good stead for the season ahead with the Buffs.

“They’ve been really good with me, so I’ve tried to repay the faith by staying with the Buffs and signing a long-term deal.”

Club chairman Colin Boyd added: “David’s been an important part of the club for a while now; a good trainer, genuine lad and a fantastic footballer with bags of potential.

“It’s important that while we continue to develop the club off the park, we also continue to evolve on the park and put a team out to win all games.”