Kilmarnock boss aims to use Magennis funds to find quick replacement

first_imgClark refused to confirm or deny the rumours, but said he was hopeful of bringing in one or two to fill the void.He told STV: “Of course, those are assets you want to replace in any team, so we’ve got to try to identify a player or players, if we go for a direct replacement, who give those attributes to the team so that’s something we’re looking to do.“You are always continually looking for players in different positions to see if they will become available if you lose one of your players and you have surplus finances to do that.“We’ve been in communication with clubs and players as Josh’s move has been completed and we’re looking to try to complete some things very quickly.” Kilmarnock midfielder Martin Smith insists the players are unperturbed by bookmakers and pundits tipping them to go down.The Ayrshire outfit narrowly avoided relegation last season, ensuring their survival via a Premiership play-off showdown with Falkirk – and tipsters are once again predicting they will struggle.However, Smith, who scored in Killie’s 2-1 defeat to Motherwell on the opening day of the season, believes it will only help to spur them on.He said: “We’ve spoke about that. I think that just comes with football. We don’t pay attention to that, we blank it out. Whether we are favourites to win the title or go down, it would never matter to us.“It doesn’t faze us at all, if anything it drives us on. We’ve got belief inside the changing room that we can do well, we’ve just got to show it on the pitch and pick up points. Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark hopes to use the funds of Josh Magennis’ transfer to bring in an immediate replacement for the forward.Magennis completed a move to English League One side Charlton Athletic for a fee believed to be in the region of £250,000 on Thursday.The 25-year-old was instrumental in Killie’s Premiership survival last season and Clark insists they fought hard to hold on to the Northern Ireland international. However, the Killie boss has already identified potential replacements, with Notts County’s Izale McLeod and Peterborough’s Joe Gormley linked with the Rugby Park outfit. last_img read more

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