Stephen McGinn reckons his experience will be key to helping Kilmarnock getting promoted at the first time of asking.

The midfielder won the Championship with St Mirren so he knows how to get out of the league.

And at 32 he feels he can be a level head going into the new campaign after captaining St Mirren to title glory.

He told the Kilmarnock Standard: “At my age I hope I can add leadership qualities to any team I am at.

“When I was younger I always felt it was unfair that a manager chose experienced players, but now I am older I realise the game becomes easier the older you get.

“I know exactly what I m good at and what I’m not, I don’t do things I can’t do.

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“Being captain at St Mirren brought my game to a new level in terms of leadership.”

He added: “It’s important that there is a few players who are strong leaders, it can’t fall on one captain.

“Sometimes the captain isn’t at it, so that’s when other guys need to step up.

“It needs to be a real collective effort.”

McGinn admits as soon as he heard Killie were interested, he wanted to get the deal done.

He turned down a new contract at Morton in favour of linking up with Tommy Wright’s side.

He said: “I am really excited, even from the early stages when I heard Killie might be interested, it really caught my attention.

“As soon as it became concrete I just wanted to get the deal done.

“I have had success in this league before, it was one of the best years of my career.

“To have the opportunity to taste that again, that’s something I’m excited about.”

He added: “This is such a big club who shouldn’t be in this division.

“But now it’s all focus on getting back up, that brings pressure though.

“I know how hard it can be to get up from this league, every club will see it as the big game playing Killie this season.

“I am looking forward to the challenge, and I know how great it feels to get over the line.”

McGinn knows most of the players who stayed at Rugby Park after playing against the likes of Rory McKenzie and Alan Power.

He also played with Calum Waters while at St Mirren during the left-back’s loan spell in Paisley.

But despite a full, new squad being pulled together, McGinn says he won’t be shy in terms of getting in about the dressing room banter.

He said: “Being in Scotland, I’ve known Rory McKenzie for a while and I’ve played against Alan Power too.

“I played with Calum Waters but when I get into a dressing room I enjoy it as it’s easy to make friends.

“I’m never shy, I love getting involved with stuff!”

McGinn says he can’t wait to play in front of Kilmarnock fans when the new season kicks off.

Depending on government restrictions, fans could be permitted to attend games when the new campaign starts.

And McGinn knows how much of a difference it makes after playing in front of fans for Morton in their relegation play-off in which they beat Airdrieonians.

He said: “I played in the play-off final with fans, and honestly, I know it’s cliche but they genuinely were like a 12th Man in the second leg.

“Going to away games has been nowhere near as daunting without fans, it’s strange.

“But it will be brilliant to play at Rugby Park with fans driving us on.”

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