June 15th 2020: Alex Dyer's first signing as permanent Kilmarnock boss is Aaron McGowan. The 23-year-old right back joins from Hamilton on a two-year deal where he won their player of the year award in 2019.
Aaron said on Joining Killie: “At this time in my career I felt like Kilmarnock was the right move for me, I spoke with James Fowler and the Gaffer about what they think I can bring to the club and they really made me feel wanted, which really helped sell me on the move. I’m really excited to get going and I believe this can be a successful move for both parties. I feel welcome by the lads and staff already and now it’s time to get my head down and start preparing for our first game of the season.”
Nov 3rd 2020: “There’s been a lot of stuff going on with me behind the scenes, my personal life hasn’t been great and I’ve had a lot of problems in that.
“It’s probably been the worst few months of my life to be honest with you but at the same time, I feel there’s been a bit of positive news from my personal life and obviously playing the other day, I thought I did well and got some rust out of my legs and hopefully I can kick on now.”
Aaron expressed his gratitude to manager Alex Dyer for his support and is determined to fight for his place in the team. .... “Nobody sees it but I’m doing extra every day after training or coming in on my days off and doing one-to-one sessions with the gaffer.”
Dec 27th (After the Last Min Livi Loss) “You can’t just have a go at the manager. I look at myself more. That’s the easy way out, to have a go at the manager. It’s a bit of a cop-out. The manager is not out there passing the ball, putting it in the net or defending. As players, we need to step up a little bit more. The lads are 100 per cent behind the manager. Blame me. Blame the other lads. Fine. To play for Kilmarnock, you have got to be able to handle pressure. We know it is only going to be ourselves who drag us out of it. But I am also aware we have lads in that changing room who can stick together. That’s the most important thing. But there can’t be finger-pointing – because many of us are not doing enough at the minute. It’s difficult to take but we all have to take a little look in the mirror, to be honest. I’ll assess my own performance and how I’m doing, because it’s not good enough. There are lads who are doing enough but there are others who aren’t. And, as I said, I’ll be honest and look at myself. We spoke about that in the dressing room – to have a look at yourself in the mirror."
July 12th 2021: Killie announce that Aaron McGowan has left the club to join Northampton Town.
The right back joined Killie from Hamilton last summer and made 20 appearances in his sole season at Rugby Park.
He joins the League 2 side, who have also recruited former Killie players Nicke Kabamba and Mitch Pinnock during the close season.
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