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Ayr Boss Impressed By Debutant Drinan
Monday, 20th Jan 2020 11:27

Ayr United boss Mark Kerr had praise for Town striker Aaron Drinan’s performance as the Honest Men beat Scottish Premiership side Ross County 1-0 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Drinan, 21, joined the Scottish Championship club on loan for the remainder of the season on Friday after a trial. Midfielder Brett McGavin also trained at Somerset Park but returned to Town at the end of the week.

“It was good to see our first signing really contribute to the team,” Kerr told Not the Old Firm.

“Big Aaron has been in three or four days this week and that rawness and willingness to run in behind and just take the hits for us is something we haven’t had for a while.

“Shanks [Lawrence Shankland] did that for us. Hopefully Aaron will get some goals for us as well, but he’s brought a different dimension to us.

“We’re still playing our nice wee four or five-pass combinations to break through the lines really quickly. It’s just nice, the boys were saying that it’s just nice to put it up there and try and get on a second ball. It just breeds confidence in the team now knowing that we can play both ways.”

Republic of Ireland U21 international Drinan, who is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2021 with the club having an option for a further season, spent most of the first half of the campaign on loan at GAIS in the Swedish second division.

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SamWhiteUK added 11:56 - Jan 20
Is that the only photo we have of him in a Town kit?

rfretwell added 12:00 - Jan 20
It's lowly football so best not to get too carried away. Maybe if big Drinan scores a hateful up there though!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:24 - Jan 20
Why did Brett McGavin return? Surely he's good enough for this team! Maybe it was his own decision? Have I missed something?

PortmanTerrorist added 14:51 - Jan 20
Maybe he plays better than he trains?! Not unheard of but never been given a chance in the 1st team. Always remember under Burley (something he took from Sir Bobby I believe) that when a player came to the Club, or a kid was deemed ready for 1st team, he would often publicly state he was giving the player 3/4 games to show what they could do. What a completely sensible approach (assuming they not complete duffers) to seeing what a player can bring to a team without the pressure of being immediately dropped. ANOTHER thing I miss from those days!

PhilTWTD added 16:29 - Jan 20

Not sure, Town were happy for him to go so assume they felt he wasn't what they're after.

PhilTWTD added 16:30 - Jan 20

Not got many as he's been on loan for most of the last 18 months!

dirtydingusmagee added 16:52 - Jan 20
came to ITFC and has been a spare part ever since, cant judge him ,but can only assume he dosnt fit . Good luck to him .

blueboy1981 added 17:46 - Jan 20
Lambert is right, these guys need the rough and tumble competition of League football to progress, and come back as men with improvement in their all round game.
Shame McGavin didn’t stay there too -would also do Dozzell good to be on loan at a suitable Club.
Under 23 games are totally different in so many ways to League games, as one would expect.
Good on ya Drinan - give it your all.

el_nino added 19:52 - Jan 20
The biggest thing about this story is that Mark Kerr was a Championship Manager legend

harlingblue added 01:38 - Jan 21
Drinan could be worthy of a 1st team squad place next season? Getting a full season of competitive football under his belt with loan spells in Sweden and now Scotland could be the making of him.

budgieplucker added 08:25 - Jan 21
It’s all about proving yourself, sadly this lad has struggled to do that, the only place he seems to have scored at goals is at Waterford. He has a spell at non league Sutton without any goals but I seem to recall he spent most of his time on the bench there. He didn’t score in the Swedish 2nd tear either. If you go on loan as a striker you need to get goals in the non-league scene, Jack Marriott was ripping it up when loaned out at that level. Let’s be honest town need a good target man option in our strike force and at the moment other than maybe Will Keane there is nobody else stopping him at least getting on the bench

Along with Cotter I am sure both lads showed promise but I fear they will drift off of the scene - Micks generosity to the Irish clubs perhaps clouded his judgement.

Linkboy13 added 11:23 - Jan 21
He needs to find a new club watched him several times playing for u23s looks way off first team standard and hasn't set the world alight when on loan. You will always get the odd fan with a soft spot for a player who will say stick him in the first team but unless we drop down two leagues it's not going to happen.

brian_a_mul added 21:46 - Jan 21
Its obvious Drinan is built and ready for senior football and can make a difference to Ayr. He is used to living away from home and wouldnt be afraid of a new environment. Its a much safer bet to take Drinan rather on at this stage. Im sure Brett will do well elsewhere but Drinan is a good bit ahead in terms of development and experience

Linkboy13 added 11:16 - Jan 22
Disagree Brian a mul Brett has been involved far more than Drinian and had more first team action this season and is a far better prospect in the long term.

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