Jan 31st 2017:Kilmarnock have signed former player Conor Sammon on loan from Hearts until the end of the season. Republic of Ireland cap Sammon, 30, joined Hearts in June and has scored twice in 25 appearances for the Tynecastle side. The forward previously played with Killie between 2008 and 2011 and has had spells with five English clubs.
Feb 25th 2017: “My wife Caroline didn’t give me any stick in my first spell before I met her but she did put me under pressure when I was signing the second time. She told me she was expecting an awful lot from me now I would be playing for her team again. We’ve had a lot of fun with it. It’s all good. We met when I was a Kilmarnock player and we’ve since gone on and had a little girl, Sophia, who will be two in May. It’s crazy to think that when I met my wife she was sitting in a certain place in Rugby Park and now I look over and now my family are in that same spot. If someone was sitting in their seat, I’m sure Caroline would have dragged them out of it! These are the seats she had when she was growing up and coming to games with her dad. David has been through lots of ups and downs with the club and he’s enjoying me being back at the club as well. There’s always been that personal relationship with the club. As a player you keep an eye out for previous clubs wherever you go - but I’ve got an extra special bond with Kilmarnock.”
I’ve had challenges in my career where things haven’t gone as well on the pitch as I would have hoped. That frustration can filter into your life off the pitch too. I look to learn from previous experience and I see it as a challenge. I want to come through tough scenarios like that and come out the other side. It’s nothing new to me and I’ve come out the other side before and I relish the chance of taking on this challenge. Kilmarnock is the perfect place for me. I’ve really enjoyed coming into work. I’ve got a smile on my face during training and I’m driving away from training with a smile on my face. That’s a basic thing but you don’t always feel like that when things are not going right for you. There’s just a real feel good factor just now and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been really similar to my first spell, really. There’s a really good group of lads here. I knew a few of the players from previous clubs. I actually knew Gary Dicker from growing up and playing for the same boys club in Ireland, so I know him very well. But it’s a good, honest bunch of lads, a mix of experience and young lads looking to build their careers.
“It’s a very good mix of characters and attitudes and I think that filters down from the coaching staff. It feels like coming home because I’ve great memories of my first time here. It really did give me an opportunity to play and progress my career. There are players now in a similar scenario to how I was back then. They have ambitions to progress. Since I’ve come back, I’ve felt right at home. It was really nice to play in front of the crowd at Rugby Park last Sunday, as my first two games were away from home. It’s the same old songs, too. Nothing has changes, which is funny. The brilliant memories from previously have all come back but I am now looking to add new memories.”