Kaine's First Interview
It is more than a dozen years since Argyle were in the Sky Bet Championship.
That long wait was ended by the memorable League One title win of last season, and now the Pilgrims’ squad have reconvened in preparation for another tilt at the second tier.
Someone who has had a recent crack at the Championship – and is anxious to have another one – is new Argyle recruit Kaine Kesler-Hayden. Signed on loan from Aston Villa on Thursday, Kaine spoke to Argyle TV about his time on loan at various clubs, and how it has shaped his career so far.
Kesler-Hayden played for Swindon Town in League Two, Milton Keynes Dons in League One and, last season, Huddersfield Town in the Championship, and appreciated what those loans have done for him.
“I think they are massive,” he said. “Everyone’s career is different. I’ve gone League Two, League One, Championship. I’m glad I’ve taken this path. It’s really built my character and built my game. Every league and every season I’ve learned more and I believe my ability has improved every season. Hopefully I can replicate that this season and become an even better player.
“I’ve had a taste of what it is like up there [in the Championship]. Once you’ve had a taste, you want more of it. It’s a good level to play at. It’s tough, especially with some of the teams that have been relegated down, but I think we can put up a fight against the teams in this league and hopefully finish really well.”
Wing-back Kaine says that Argyle fans can expect a pacy player down the Pilgrims’ flank, and says that chats with manager Steven Schumacher and some knowledge of the Greens’ style of play have him excited for the season ahead.
“I believe I can fit in,” he said. “We’ve had multiple chats about ways we want to play, and how we will attack games. I think my style of play will help that. I’m ready to help in any which way I can.
“I had a chat with the gaffer, and he told me his plans, and where I can fit in. I thought that fit in perfectly for me to improve myself and better my career and my path.
“I’m fast. I like to run with the ball, take players on. I like to help out in defence and create attacking opportunities. Get a few goals and assists and I’ll be happy.
“I love to get forward. But I do know my responsibilities at the back, and what I need to do before I get forward.”
Kaine’s last visit to Home Park ended better for him and his team at the time than it did for us – it came in a season-closing 5-0 win for MK Dons. Now, though, he will be in green, and raring to get going.
“It’s great to be here at Argyle,” he said. “I’ve been here before and played here before. It’s a great place to be. The fans are amazing. I’m really glad I’m here.
“I’m excited. I had a fire in my belly as soon as I heard that Argyle were interested. I’m ready to kick on – I just want the season to start.”