Kilmarnock a ‘bigger club than I realised’ admits Deas

Robbie Deas admits that the size of the club took him by surprise when he visited as an opposing player two seasons ago, and now believes that he is in the right place to achieve his international ambitions.

Speaking about his move to Ayrshire, Deas said: “I was looking to make the step up and it’s an exciting time to join the club. That’s clear to see with record sales of strips, and Season Tickets going well, so I’m really happy to be here. I can see the gaffer’s vision, and the club are moving in the right direction, that’s what I wanted to be part of.

“Kilmarnock is a huge club. That requires people to deal with pressure, and I’m looking forward to it. I didn’t realise how big a club Kilmarnock was until I played against them two seasons ago in the Championship. It took me by surprise.

“I’ve always said that I want to play at the highest level possible and that opportunity is here at this moment in time. I’ve still got my sights set on playing at a higher level again: a dream of mine is to represent my country. Kilmarnock will give me a great platform to do well.

“I was lucky enough to play U17s, U19s and I had one friendly with the U21s. There is no better feeling than playing for your country. I always felt privileged to put on the strip.

“You look at Kilmarnock players in the past who have played for the national team: Greg Taylor and (Eamonn) Brophy played for Scotland. At the end of the day, that’s what I want to achieve in my time here. There’s a platform here and the gaffer has got an exciting thing going, so I’m delighted to be part of it.

“The gaffer spoke to me early on about potentially coming here. That was a massive thing for me as I want to be somewhere that I’m wanted. After speaking to him, it was hard to say no.”

You can listen to Robbie’s first press conference as a Kilmarnock player – HERE.