Kirk Broadfoot has vowed to win over the Rugby Park faithful who didn’t want him back by getting Kilmarnock back up the table.
The experienced defender arrived back in Ayrshire on deadline day just five months after he had controversially quit for St Mirren.
Broadfoot back then, in a frank and honest interview with Record Sport, admitted he could no longer work under Angelo Alessio.
His words upset a lot of the Killie faithful and many believe that was the beginning of the end for the under-fire Italian who was sacked after just five months.
Former No. 2 Alex Dyer has now stepped up and in the final days of the last window he moved to bring Broadfoot back.
Broadfoot said: “It seems to be the case that whenever I go to a club I always have to win people over.
“I know there are some Kilmarnock fans who didn’t want me back but all I can do is to do what I have always done through my career by going out and giving 100 per cent for the team.
“The bottom line is that I never wanted to leave Kilmarnock in the first place but I felt I had to.
“I know a lot of Kilmarnock fans will be sitting reading this and claiming I am just saying it, but I can say 100 per cent that is not the case!
“I genuinely never wanted to leave the club.
“We achieved so much in my first spell at Kilmarnock, under Steve Clarke, that it was always going to be hard just to walk away.
“I just felt that it wasn’t right just to stick around when I felt things weren’t right.
“I never criticised the club when I left I just gave my own reasons why I felt I had to leave.”
The 35-year-old also admitted he only went public because he hoped it would be a catalyst for change - not the manager but more for Alessio to adapt his methods to get the best out of his Kilmarnock squad.
Broadfoot insisted: “I did an interview at the time and it wasn’t to have a pop at the previous manager.
“It was more to help my old team mates.
“They were hurting and frustrated as well.
“I wasn’t the only one but I decided enough was enough and to move on.
“I took a lot of stick for what I said but I was only giving my reasons why I had decided to leave.
"I hoped that Angelo might changes things to get the best out of what was a talented bunch of boys he had at Kilmarnock.
“We all knew the team should have been doing a lot better than it was.”
Broadfoot is also adamant he took no satisfaction from Alessio’s premature departure in December. He does believe that the club made the right decision in appointing Dyer as his successor.
The Killie veteran claimed: “Alex was a huge influence under Steve Clarke and he took a lot of the training.
“He knows what we can do and how the boys respond to him and respect him.
“He is a top coach and he will also be a top manager.
“When Alex came in for me that was another big reason in my decision to come back to Kilmarnock.
“When Alex took over it was going to take time.
“The boys are getting to terms with what he wants, his training and how he works.
“You can see we are going in the right direction and we still have the core of the squad that was so successful last season along with a few new faces who can all add something.
“I am confident that we will soon be looking up rather than down.”
There was a fair bit of disappointment in the St Mirren camp when Broadfoot decided to leave a quarter of a way through a two year contract.
He has thanked Buddies boss Jim Goodwin and technical director Gus MacPherson for not standing in his way.
Broadfoot said: “It wasn’t an easy decision because I had a good relationship with Jim Goodwin, Gus MacPherson and everyone at St Mirren.
“When Kilmarnock made contact with St Mirren and then I spoke to my agent I knew deep down that I wanted to go back.
“Everybody was great at St Mirren and really good to me but I just felt it was right to go back to Kilmarnock.”