Ar­broath striker Kane Hester’s loan to East Kil­bride lasts just FIVE days

East Kilbride News - - THE BACK PAGE - Paul Thom­son

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

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