Bar's Browne backs McKoy for Saints success

PUBLISHED: 13:48 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009

Nick McKoy in action at Parkfield for the Scholars

Nick McKoy in action at Parkfield for the Scholars

SCHOLARS boss Steve Browne has backed former Bar midfielder Nick McKoy to be a success after he signed for Scottish First Division side St Johnstone. Browne has now seen two of his players from Parkfield step up to the professional game this year. Left-ba

SCHOLARS boss Steve Browne has backed former Bar midfielder Nick McKoy to be a success after he signed for Scottish First Division side St Johnstone.

Browne has now seen two of his players from Parkfield step up to the professional game this year.

Left-back Nathan Smith joined League One's Yeovil Town in April after impressing following a trial at Huish Park and now McKoy has done likewise with the Saints.

Browne said: "That's two in five months, so I'm doing something right."

McKoy, 21, begun his career as a trainee with Wimbledon and he stayed with the club when it upped sticks and became MK Dons.

He didn't breakthrough there, was released in 2006 and moved onto Cardiff City, who he stayed with until 2007.

The burly midfielder linked up with Browne at Potter Bar last season while he looked for a return to the professional game.

Of McKoy's return to full-time football, Browne said: "It's good for Nick.

"His head was down for the past year and he was disappointed because things hadn't happened for him.

"He's worked hard, his attitude is spot on."

The Newham-born player has been given a short-term deal, which will give him time to prove he is worth a longer contract with the Scottish club.

"A bit like Nathan (Smith), he wants to do well, he will listen and take it on board and I just hope he goes up there and does well," said Browne.

"He's got the ability to do well; he just needs to show it."

With a player of McKoy's capabilities leaving Town, Browne understandably thinks his boots will be hard to fill.

He added: "For us it's disappointing because you look and you think we'll miss Nick in there with the physical side of the game.

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