Eamonn Brophy knew his time at Kilmarnock was up once he signed a pre-contract with St Mirren – but now he’s got his sights on Euro 2020.
The forward signed a three-year pre-contract with the Buddies last week with six months remaining on his Kilmarnock deal. New manager Jim Goodwin wasn’t expecting to have him available on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Motherwell but a loan agreement pushed through this transfer.
Capped once by Scotland, ‘The Wolf’ appeared from the bench before the hour mark with the game at 1-0 to the visitors. Jamie McGrath stepped up to score a penalty, sealing a point for Goodwin’s team.
Brophy is on loan at the Buddies until the end of the season before his permanent contract starts in the summer and he says it was good to get things sorted: “I’m delighted to be here and delighted to get it done.
“I signed the pre-contract last Monday, so I’m just glad to get it done this window and get the head down, work hard and hopefully kick on here. I thought second half we were excellent and certainly deserved to get back into the game. The boys did well, dug deep and showed good character.
“We are on a good run just now and hopefully we can keep that going. We’ve a big game next week against St Johnstone, so hopefully we can take all three points.”
With Scotland’s campaign at Euro 2020 on the horizon and striker places up for grabs, Brophy is hoping to catch former boss Steve Clarke’s attention: “I just want to play as many games as I can.
“I believe I can get back to that level, so hopefully I can do that sooner rather than later with the Euros coming up. But I want to get back playing regular football first. I was lucky enough to have a few options.
“But I watched a lot of St Mirren games and decided this club was the best fit for me. I’m looking to come here and play as many games as I can and score as many goals as I can. It’s as simple as that. I’m a striker and that’s what I’ll be judged on.”