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Kirky statement doesn't say yet. Contract with us expires 2016 though so I'd expect even if it is a loan it'll be until he is released in summer.

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Bit of a step down if true.....looked a decent prospect at one time but did not seem to improve as he should have done espicially on the defensive side

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Says a lot about the quality of the current squad if that is the level our first team squad members drop to. I can only assume that it's just to get some football before the transfer window to get him fitter for trials next summer?

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Wouldn't it be a thing that, that's the only place he could go, because he wasn't 'released' in January. So can't sign for another pro team, without doing a Simon Ford.

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Quite possibly CB...he isn't a premiership level player but could probably do a job in league 1, I'd imagine this is just to get himself out of Killie and get his confidence up ahead of the transfer window.

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Best of luck to him. Looked a real good prospect when he first came through but seemed to fall away dramatically for whatever reason.

 

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Poor for him, i cant imagine why james fowler or AJ hasnt been interested in him, he isnt SPL quality but he is far from Awful.

 

Division 2 and above imo

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I think as Livi mentioned it could be due to eligibility. However, I genuinely don't think he will even excel at junior level. He truly was awful.

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Strikes me as a player who needed to be coached. Coming through the ranks he impressed me but at that point Alan Robertson and the youth coaches were having a big input in his development. He came into the team under Shiels and did reasonably well again with someone who was coaching him.

As a club we abandoned coaching in the senior squad at that point with two disasterous appointments and sadly some players careers have stagnated and it'll take a lot of hard work for them to recover. Hopefully he gets himself fixed up and his career back on track. 

There really haven't been many success stories in recent years of players who've signed and went on to play at even a similar level. How many of the squad from the last two years are still out of the game and players like Cairney who we were told would be important for us have dropped right down the leagues.

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13 hours ago, fraz65 said:

Remember AJ got pelters for months for not selecting him?

That's more a reflection on how soul destroyingly woeful Clohessy was than how good Barbour is.

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Barbour also returned from the wilderness in the win at Fir Park IMO turning the game in our favour. He went on to be one of our better performers in the last few weeks of the season. As said above not the best but better than the other options we had at the time.

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He still young and I believe with some decent coaching could still make a half decent player, possibly not at SPL level but down the league's.  He will be utterly wasted in the juniors.

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I don't think the problem is where have they appeared from its what happens to them when they hit the first team. Alan Robertson and the development staff are doing a great job considering the restrictions and difficulties involved in the job in recent years.

In recent years plenty have come through and been impressing in the development side. Come into the first team and then don't seem to kick on. Davidson, Fisher, Winchester all fallen by the wayside. Those you've mentioned are great talents but haven't really hit the heights yet although they are still young and Kiltie can now be regarded as a first team regular. It's too early to judge Clark but AJ and GL didn't have the coaching ability to take there development any further

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Another one of the over hyped youngsters going the same way as most do .There are very few young players make the 1st team and of those that do most just play a few games and move down the leagues or to the juniors .That just doesn't happen at Killie but at nearly every team in the league ,the juniors are full of ex pro youth players .The top teams in the juniors are a fair level and there is an abundance of former seniors playing.Look at Hurlford and Ayrs youngest ever goalscorer now plays at the Talbot.

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