Aug 17 2012 by Andrew Burns, Dumfries Standard Friday
DEREK Lyle re-joined Queens with one thing in mind.
The veteran striker, left, is gunning to bang in the goals that will fire the Doonhamers to promotion.
He kicked off his tally with a last-minute strike against Alloa and added a second in last weekend’s opening league win over Forfar.
Now the hitman – who only managed one goal at title-winning Cowdenbeath last year – is eyeing up many more.
Lyle, 31, told the Standard: “Last season I was really disappointed with the amount of goals I scored.
“I played from midfield for the full season, which is definitely not my strongest position, but even then one goal is just not good enough.
“I have proved in the past that I am capable of finding the net and I want to show that again this season. In the last two games I’ve played through the middle and scored twice and I want to build on that.”
Lyle, affectionately known as the “man with the tan”, sealed his return to Queens earlier this month after a trial period with Allan Johnston’s team. He featured in a host of pre-season games, was fielded as a trialist in the opening Ramsdens Cup win at Dumbarton and signed on the same day as midfielder Derek Young.
Lyle said: “It was an easy decision to return to Queens.
“I had the option of staying at Cowdenbeath but going full-time was a big draw and I know Queens well.
“I really enjoyed working with Colin Cameron at Cowdenbeath but it felt right to move on.”
The former Morton and Dundee man was in the Palmerston ranks under managers John Connolly, Iain Scott and Ian McCall during a four-year spell.
Lyle’s most famous goal in a Queens shirt came in the 2002/03 Bells Challenge Cup win over Brechin City when he scored the second in an historic 2-0 win.
After more than 100 appearances for the Doonhamers, he moved on to play for a host of Scottish Football League sides before joining Queens this summer and now he is relishing a return to full-time football.
He said: “Last season at Cowdenbeath was my first year at a part-time level and I noticed a big difference.
“It was OK at first but after a couple of months it really affected your sharpness and as a striker that’s very important.
“Everyone is different but I like to be constantly involved in day-to-day training and I am already enjoying my time back with Queens.
“I am playing, scoring goals and happy with my football – but there is good competition and I know that I could lose my spot to someone else.”
Lyle was a sub during Tuesday night’s impressive Ramsdens Cup win over Greenock Morton at Cappielow.
Queens came from behind to win 2-1 after extra-time thanks to goals from Mark Durnan and Nicky Clark.
And Lyle believes that this proves what this side are capable of.
He said: “We were deserved winners on Tuesday and I think that said a lot about this team.
“Morton are being tipped as one of the favourites for the first division and we were easily the better team on their own ground.”