Kris Boyd is determined to repay Steve Clarke for rejuvenating his career after signing a new Kilmarnock contract.
The striker extended his deal until the summer of 2019 hours after collecting the Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month award for December after scoring six goals in six games.
Clarke won the manager’s award after four wins and two draws last month took the Ayrshire club into the top half of the table.
Boyd’s new lease of life has been typical of the impact Clarke has made since arriving at Rugby Park in mid-October.
The 34-year-old has now scored 12 goals this season after harbouring thoughts of quitting earlier in the campaign.
“I have got myself back in the team scoring and enjoying myself again,” said Boyd, who praised Clarke and his team-mates, the “terrific” Eamonn Brophy in particular, for helping him win his award.
“Before the manager came in I was questioning myself and my head was probably elsewhere.
“When the manager first came in I was ready to call it a day. I didn’t feel in a good place but from what he said to me I changed my mind.
“It is credit to the manager for helping me to do that and hopefully I have repaid him since, but I want to continue.”
While Boyd has extended his time at the Rugby Park club, Clarke has had to fend off advances from Rangers for Jordan Jones.
Clarke confirmed Kilmarnock had rejected a bid from the Ibrox club for 23-year-old winger, describing it as “nowhere near acceptable, easy for the club to turn down”.
Former Gers striker Boyd insists Killie have every right to have their evaluation of the Northern Ireland cap met.
He said: “The club will sell Jordan Jones at one point, there is no doubt about it.
“But he is a Northern Ireland international and everyone comes with a value and until that value it is met, he won’t be going anywhere.
“I don’t think Kilmarnock are in a position now where they need to sell.
“Beforehand clubs might have been able to penny-pinch and take players off Kilmarnock, I don’t think it is the case anymore.
“Jordan has done really well in the 18 months he has been here.
“There is no point sorting out players if you have not struck a deal with the football club that you are going to get them from.
“At the end of the day, if you want Jordan, then you have to pay the money to get him.”