LYLE TAYLOR is determined to make the most of his second crack at English football after turning down a switch to Scotland this summer.

The striker completed his move to League One side Scunthorpe Utd yesterday, leaving a number of clubs north of the border disappointed.

Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Hibernian were all in the running to sign the 24-year-old after he was told he was surplus to requirements at Sheffield United.

Taylor shone on loan at Firhill last term, but has left the Jags disappointed after clinching a move to Glanford Park.

He said: "It's a fresh start for me and I'm looking forward to starting training with everyone.

"It didn't quite happen for me at Sheffield United but that's football, unfortunately. Now, all my efforts will be here.

"It has been explained to me how the team wants to play and what the club is about, so I have every hope and optimism that I can do well here.

"There are some very good strikers here and it is massive to have good players around you.

"They are forwards who have scored a lot of goals and it is important for the team.

"I got a call, and there were other clubs interested, but within two days I'd signed here.

"It's been done quickly, it's all sorted and I'm looking forward to getting going here now.

"It seemed I was going to end up in Scotland before I got the call but now I've signed and I'm really happy to be here."

Thistle returned to pre-season training yesterday as boss Archibald steps up his preparations for the Premiership kick-off.

And the Jags have confirmed they will host a Sunderland XI at Firhill on Wednesday, August 6, seven days before their top-flight opener at home to Ross County.