From the Sun :-
Hamilton chief MacDonald expects Accies to be quids in when Brophy leaves Kilmarnock
HIS old boss says Eamonn Brophy has never been “riddled with self-doubt” — but insists that is a COMPLIMENT.
Hamilton owner Ronnie MacDonald brokered the move that saw shock Scotland call-up Brophy quit Accies for Kilmarnock in 2017.
No cash clause was inserted into the deal if he won a Scotland call-up — but MacDonald expects Accies to be quids in when the striker makes his next move.
MacDonald said: “We agreed to let him leave because there had been an impasse between him and Martin Canning. Eamonn felt he should have been starting more and Martin wanted him coming on in games, because he was still learning.
“The more he didn’t play, the more rebellious he got. Confidence isn’t an issue with Eamonn. He’s not a boy I’d say is riddled with self-doubt!
“But we like to support our managers, so we sorted something out in the summer of 2017. It was resolved the best way for everybody.
“Lee McCulloch deserves a lot of credit because he was very keen to sign him.
“His first season at Kilmarnock was an extension of what had happened with Martin.
“Maybe Steve Clarke saw him through that and full credit to him.
“If he’d stayed with us, maybe he would have broken through or maybe he wouldn’t. But he has at Kilmarnock and that’s great for him.
“He is much more mature and smarter now. Physically, he’s a tank.
“Again, whether Steve taught him better than we did, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter, though. What matters is that he is showing what we always felt was there and he’s in the Scotland squad.
“When he moved it was a very convoluted deal because Kilmarnock were under financial restrictions and couldn’t buy a player at the time, but we were due a sizeable development payment.
“We worked something out that’s linked more to appearances and performances than a big sell-on.
“There is a sell-on clause for us if he moves on and I do believe he will. I know there are clubs interested in him.
“Why wouldn’t they be? The only Scottish player who scored more goals in the Premiership than him last season was David Turnbull of Motherwell.
“Nothing he’s done in the past two seasons has surprised me.
“I sent him a text when he got in the Scotland squad and he sent a nice text back. You want to see the guys you view as ‘your boys’ doing well.”
Confirms that there is a sell on clause if Brophy is sold by Killie. I highlighted the bit about Brophy and Canning’s relationship because I wonder if thats the real reason canning and the club parted ways, not results or performances but because he seemed incapable of developing our youth product?