IT’S OVER AND OU T
Arbroath striker Kane Hester’s loan to East Kilbride lasts just FIVE days
Kane Hester became the shortest signing in East Kilbride’s history this week when his loan deal from Arbroath was cancelled after just five days.
The striker joined from the League One side on Friday on a “temporary loan” deal until January and made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Edusport at K-Park.
However, his switch to South Lanarkshire was much shorter than both parties had hoped for with the 23-year-old informing the News yesterday he wouldn’t be hanging around.
Hester – who lives 120 miles away from K-Park in Montrose – said: “My work commitments are an issue and it took me over three hours to get to the game on Saturday from where I stay, so it’s not going to work out.
“I was only supposed to train on a Thursday as well, but there’s no way I can make that and if I’m not training with the team I can’t really play on a Saturday.
“It’s disappointing because it was an opportunity for me to play firstteam football.
“In the long-term it just wouldn’t have worked out, so the move is cancelled.”
Kilby fans did manage to get a fleeting glimpse of Hester when he came on as a 67th minute substitute for Paul Woods during his only outing for the club.
And he added: “At least I enjoyed the time I got on the pitch on Saturday. “It was good fun.” Kilby boss Brian Kerr worked with Hester when he was in charge of Albion Rovers last season, also bringing him in on loan from Arbroath, but he couldn’t help Rovers escape relegation, scoring twice in nine games.
A spokesman for EKFC said: “The travel two-to-three times a week was going to be prohibitive for Kane, so it became clear the move was a nonstarter.
“It was better for all parties to make an early call on the matter.”
East Kilbride’s focus now turns to cup business as they prepare to take on East of Scotland League side Leith Athletic in round two of the South Challenge Cup.
Kick-off at Peffermill on Saturday is 3pm.
In and out Hester, in his EK gear, only signed on Friday