(On Loan to Dumbarton)
(On Loan to Dumbarton)
July 16th 2021: Proud Motherwell dad Barry McKnight hopes son Kirk’s loan transfer to Dumbarton can open doors for the teenager.
McKnight, 16, has joined the Sons on a six-month loan from Kilmarnock, where he is on an amateur contract, having moved to the Ayrshire club from Motherwell FC Community Trust three years ago.
Former Dalziel High pupil Kirk was thrown in for his professional debut in Dumbarton’s 2-1 Premier Sports Cup defeat to Stenhousemuir last Tuesday, (Aug 13th 2021) and Barry says the whole thing has been like a whirlwind.
But he hopes Stevie Farrell taking a chance on Kirk helps the right-sided defender/midfielder’s fledgling career.
“He’s over the moon that Steven Farrell has given him the opportunity to even train with these guys and just learn from them.
"There are some seasoned pros there, but there are some really good young players too, so it’s a cracking opportunity, and he’s still training full-time with Kilmarnock.
"It’s a real surprise for him to be loaned out to make his professional debut elsewhere, while he’s at Kilmarnock, but it’s a great thing.
“I thought he would just be going there to train and see what he could do, but they put him on in the game."
Barry added: "It’s exciting times for him and somebody has obviously seen something in him.
"It might open doors for him; he might end up getting a professional contract at Kilmarnock, but since they don’t have a ‘B’ team you want to be at a team where you can try and play through onto some sort of pathway.
Jan 3rd 2022: Kirk returns to Killie from his Sons loan.
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