Youssouf Mulumbu joins Kilmarnock on deal until end of season

Kilmarnock have announced the signing of Youssouf Mulumbu on a deal until the end of the season.

Youssouf Mulumbu has rejoined former boss Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock on a short-term deal. Picture: Kilmarnock FC
Youssouf Mulumbu has rejoined former boss Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock on a short-term deal. Picture: Kilmarnock FC

The midfielder rejoins manager Steve Clarke, whom he worked with at West Brom, at Rugby Park following a two-week trial.

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Mulumbu, an uncompromising central midfielder, has been available on a free since leaving Norwich at the end of last season following two years with the club.

Youssouf Mulumbu holds off Wes Hoolahan of Norwich during a January 2012 match. Picture: Getty Images

However, it is with West Brom where he made his name, making over 200 appearances in a six-year spell with the club until his move to the Canaries in 2015.

Mulumbu, who scored in the 5-5 draw between West Brom and Manchester United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match as United boss, said the prospect of working with Clarke had been a big factor in his decision to join Killie.

He said on the club website: “Obviously I didn’t come to Kilmarnock just like that. I spoke with Steve Clarke and he told me everything about the club and that was a big impact that he came here.

“I worked with him for a year and I know he’s an honest manager. I know the way he trains and the way he wants to play so it suits me and was a big affect for me coming here.

Youssouf Mulumbu holds off Wes Hoolahan of Norwich during a January 2012 match. Picture: Getty Images

“I’m looking forward to showing the real Mulumbu. I was with Norwich for two years and it didn’t work like I wanted, so I have something to prove.”