Kirkland says he has no regrets over his decision to leave Bury in the summer.
The goalkeeper left without playing a game due to personal reasons, and told Goals on Sunday: "I started the season at Bury but we went through a few personal things with the family that were hard and took my mind completely off football.
"I went away, went back in and I was in training and the goals were going in and I wasn't even trying. I thought I needed to get away from it and take a break, so made the decision. I don't regret it at all."