Kyle Jacobs admits he is desperate to replicate former club Livingston’s Petrofac Training Cup success with his new club Queen of the South this season.
The South-Africa born midfielder was instrumental in helping Livi to their first major trophy in 11 years as the Lions swept aside Alloa 4-0 at McDiarmid Park in April’s showpiece final.
Their success that Sunday afternoon not only wrote Jacobs and his team-mates into Livi folklore, but it also provided the inspiration in the club’s battle against relegation – a fight they ultimately won when Jacobs netted the winner against Queens from the penalty spot on the final day of last season to seal an eighth-place finish.
Despite last season’s heroics, Jacobs’ allegiances now lie with the Doonhamers, having rejected the offer of a new deal from Livi in favour of a fresh start with James Fowler’s side.
Jacobs will line up against his former employers for the second time in three days tonight when the sides meet at Palmerston in the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup – Queens prevailing 1-0 at Almondvale on Saturday in the Championship.
“We’ll be looking to knock Livingston out, that’s for sure,” said Jacobs. “I want to win this competition again as last season was great for the club winning a cup. That day obviously changed our season and helped us stay up as well. We needed that win to give us that boost as we went on and won four of our last six league matches.
“It’s going to be another tough game tonight but we’re aiming to get that win and progress into the next round. Livi will be looking for revenge from Saturday so we’ll need to be on top of our game. We’re going to be trying to win everything we’re in. The squad is looking stronger with Kyle Hutton and Paul Heffernan coming in so there’s more competition for places which is always good.”
Jacobs’ older sibling Keaghan also opted for pastures new over the summer, signing a deal with Johannesburg-based Premiership outfit Bidvest Wits, leaving manager Mark Burchill with the task of rebuilding his midfield.
Asked if Livi’s off-field turmoil was a factor in his decision to sever his ties with a club he had spent the last nine years with, Jacobs said: “Maybe a wee bit, but obviously that’s just football. We did well at the end of last season where we went on a good run by staying up and winning a cup. But just looking back over the years with the problems off the field, it swayed my mind to get away and find a fresh challenge.
“It was strange going into the away dressing room on Saturda,y but it was good to be back and see some familiar faces. The important thing was getting three points so I was delighted.
“I got offered another contract, but I decided I wanted a change and a new challenge so Queens were interested and I went and signed with them. They’ve had a good few seasons so I’m looking to replicate that this season.”