How ex-Portsmouth team-mate Nicke Kabamba convinced Brandon Haunstrup to make Kilmarnock switch

Nicke Kabamba convinced Brandon Haunstrup that Kilmarnock represented the perfect setting to ignite his career.
Former Pompey striker Nicke Kabamba helped convince Brandon Haunstrup that Kilmarnock was the move for himFormer Pompey striker Nicke Kabamba helped convince Brandon Haunstrup that Kilmarnock was the move for him
Former Pompey striker Nicke Kabamba helped convince Brandon Haunstrup that Kilmarnock was the move for him

Although the left-back kept his impending arrival under wraps until it was assured of completion, he did contact Kambamba for his opinion.

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And the striker, who scored four goals in 12 games after arriving from Hartlepool in January, delivered a ringing endorsement.

Haunstrup told The News: ‘Kilmarnock’s interest happened about two months ago and, although other clubs enquired, it was the main one for me.

‘Why not Scotland? It’s no different to any other club and, from what I have seen in the friendlies so far, the standard is high.

‘I’ve lived in Portsmouth my whole life, moving away and getting a fresh start was something I was keen on.

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‘When I mentioned it to Nicke, he told me to get myself up there and that it’s a really good club, which I have also found since I’ve been here.

Brandon Haunstrup is relishing carving out a reputation in the Scottish Premiership. Picture: Nigel Keene/ProSportsImages/PinPBrandon Haunstrup is relishing carving out a reputation in the Scottish Premiership. Picture: Nigel Keene/ProSportsImages/PinP
Brandon Haunstrup is relishing carving out a reputation in the Scottish Premiership. Picture: Nigel Keene/ProSportsImages/PinP

‘It’s great to see him again, he’s such a top bloke and has taken me under his wing.

‘He assured me I would enjoy being at Kilmarnock, which was really reassuring.

‘Nicke joined in January and has done well, chipping in with a fair few goals as well. He scored against Celtic – so he tells me!’

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Kilmarnock, who finished eighth in the Scottish Premiership last season, start the 2020-21 campaign on Saturday (August 1) with a trip to Hibernian.

At the weekend they completed their final friendly with a 1-1 draw at Dundee United, with Haunstrup featuring for the full 90 minutes as he pushes for the left-back spot.

Also on Killie’s books are former Rangers, Birmingham and Forest midfielder Chris Burke and ex-AFC Wimbledon man Mitch Pinnock.

The 23-year-old added: ‘I didn’t want to come to a club which wasn't ambitious – and Kilmarnock clearly want to do well.

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‘The squad is not too big and not too small. It’s just right, with competition for every position, which you need.

‘Now it’s up to me to cement a regular first-team spot.’

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