Apr 5 2012 by Kieran Westbrook, West Lothian Courier
KEVIN McCANN admitted he was delighted to join Livingston until the end of the season after being inspired by John Hughes’ vision for the club.
The Lions defender could feel the hairs on the back of his neck spike when he listened to Hughes’ passionate words about his plans for the Lions during his first press conference as Livingston manager.
And after getting the call to become a trialist before being offered a deal last week, McCann couldn't wait to put pen to paper.
He said: “When I heard they (John Hughes and John Collins) had joined the club, I watched the press conference on the Livingston FC website.
“At that point, there was nothing happening between myself and the club. I was just training on my own.
“I watched John Hughes and he just inspires you about football.
“I hadn’t even spoken to them for a while but hearing how passionate he is about the game inspired me.
“So to get the chance to work with them so soon after that was really exciting for me.
“He wants the highest standards and the team to play well.
“It’s what any young player wants to be involved in and I’m no different. It’s really exciting to be part of it.”
McCann, 24, was released by Greenock Morton after a loan spell with Inverness, having first played for Hibs.
He made the maximum three trialist appearances in a Lions shirt against Morton, Hamilton and Falkirk while Hughes assessed him.
And after marking his debut as an official Livingston player with a 3-2 win against Partick Thistle, he hopes it’s the start of good things with the club.
He said: “It was great to start my official debut with a win.
“That’s my fourth game with Livi and we’ve won most of the games since I came here, so hopefully we can keep that going.
“We showed good fight and desire to see out the game and get the three points.
“I’ve been in there with the boys for a few weeks now and I’ve been really enjoying it.
“It’s been great working with the team and John Hughes and John Collins and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.
“I came in and did the best I could do.
“Then it’s down to the bosses to make their decision about me.”
McCann will have six more matches to prove he deserves to become a long-term prospect, as his deal expires in the summer.