in #KillieStories April 25, 2018
Kris Boyd has thanked manager Steve Clarke and his Killie team-mates after being nominated for PFA Scotland Player of the Year.
The Killie striker, who remains the Scottish Premiership's top scorer with 16 league goals and 21 in total for the season, is up against Celtic pair Scott Brown and James Forrest as well as Hibernian's John McGinn.
After enduring a tough start to the season, Boyd has been revived since boss Clarke's arrival in October and has played a huge part in the club reaching the top six this term.
He said: "The longer the start went on, the more I fell out of love with the game. By the time the manager came in, I had had enough."If it wasn't for the manager, I wouldn't still be playing football. I was two minutes from quitting.
"But he threw down a challenge I was willing to accept and I have hopefully repaid him.
"I went into the office and thought that was it. I was finished, I had my mind made up.
"I felt as if I had my time, it was time for me to move on and let the manager get his own players in. I thought it was the right thing to do because I was part of a side that was struggling.
"You see the emergence of Eamonn Brophy and Lee Erwin and the gaffer said I could help with their development."
After speaking to the manager about his concerns over his playing future, Boyd is glad he decided to persevere and earn a new Killie contract until 2019.
He added: "I'm not really one for quitting. I was getting a bit of stick and the easiest thing would be to walk away, but in life I don't think anyone gives you anything for nothing."When I was driving home I decided I'm going to go back and give it a go.
"Could I imagine I would be sitting here today? No, but it's down to my team-mates to find me in positions to score goals and I sit here representing them, because Kilmarnock as a whole since October has totally changed.
"It's been fantastic and it's down to the arrival of the gaffer and (assistant) Alex Dyer."