The Big Interview: Jack Taylor (Kilbride Thistle AFC)

Travelling back into West Kilbride today, and the views of ex-Irvine United and Tass Colts regular Jack Taylor, writes Tom Scott.

WHEN DID YOU SIGN FOR KILBRIDE THISTLE, AND WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION PLAYING FOR THEM?

“I signed for Kilbride on the 1st of July 2020. I live next to The Gaffer , so we spoke regularly about football and when he found out that my Irvine United 19s team wouldn’t be going again after the season finished, Sean said about coming along in the summer. We both agreed I should finish off my season first with Irvine before I made the move. Due to the pandemic the League got cancelled, so I thought it was the perfect time to move onto bigger things at Kilbride.”

WON ANY HONOURS IN FOOTBALL? PLEASE DETAIL COMPETITION and THE YEARS?

“My only honour comes from when I was younger in 2017, where I was playing with Tass Colts U17’s and we won the CYP.”

“It was quite a big tournament and a right good buzz when we won it. I also won Man of the Match in this game, which was also a great highlight of my career.”

WHAT HAS IMPRESSED YOU MOST SINCE JOINING KILBRIDE THISTLE?

“The quality of players that are already here has really impressed me. I’m really excited to play with these players as they will improve my football ability a fair amount. I’m impressed with how close the team are as a friend’s group too.”

“That helps a lot when it comes to game day.”

GIVE US AN IN-SIGHT INTO THE ATTRIBUTES OF MANAGER SEAN KENNEY?

“Sean’s got really high and exciting expectations for the upcoming seasons about how he wants us to play our football, and for where he wants us to be in the next couple years. He’s just recently applied for the WOSFL , which shows that he must think we’re very capable of going into that League and doing a bit of damage, and getting some trophies in the cabinet.”

WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS AND AMBITIONS MOVING FORWARD?

“As one of the youngest players at Kilbride, I think I’ve got a long way to go which is a good thing as it means I’ve got plenty of time to improve different aspects of my game. Becoming Captain for the team one day would be massive for me, and being so close to Sean, who used to be Captain for Kilbride, outside of football I think it would mean a lot to him as well as myself.”

“Winning the Scottish Cup is another aim that I would like to accomplish. The full experience from playing away games to the celebration after winning the Final would just be surreal.”

Many thanks to Kilbride Thistle AFC Manager Sean Kenney for supplying the photograph.

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