Six years after he lit up the Merseyrail Community Stadium, John Paul Kissock wants to pick up from where he left off now that he is back at Southport.
Kissock left the Sandgrounders in August 2011 having won the hearts of supporters with flashes of skill and moments of individual brilliance.
His time with Southport may have only lasted 29 matches, but Kissock’s impact was enough to leave a lasting impression with fans and secure a move to Luton Town, arguably the biggest club in Non-League football at the time.
Kissock first came to prominence as a youngster with Everton, going on to play in the EFL with Oldham Athletic, and he says a return to Southport this summer is something that always appealed to him.
“It’s brilliant to back at Southport,” he said. “It’s a great club, I really like it here and the people around the place have always been good to me.
“I’ve always got on well with the fans, they are a brilliant set of supporters and my time here a few years ago was something I really enjoyed.
“I left Southport to join Luton before going to Oldham and I spent last season at Ebbsfleet United. After a few years away, I wanted move back closer to home, so when the chance came to join Southport I jumped at it.
“Things have changed around the club since I left but this is a place I know well and I’m looking to do well again this time.”
Ever since starting out in the youth set-up at Everton, Kissock, with his diminutive frame and mop of hair, allied to his footballing abilities, was someone who always caught the eye.
During his previous time with Southport, he was a player who operated off-the-cuff, finding spaces behind the strikers with a licence to produce his flicks and tricks.
Now aged 27, Kissock has been used in this summer’s friendlies as one of three central midfielders, and says his role has developed to become more disciplined.
Kissock is part of a new-look Southport squad preparing for the start of the Vanarama National League North season at home to Boston United this Saturday.
“Obviously you mature as a player as you get older,” he added. “We’ve got some good players here and I want to try and do as well as I can for the team.
“I see myself now as more of a midfield player rather than someone who plays off the front, so my game has changed over the past few years.
“Alan Lewer and Mark Wright have both been great with me. Alan is a good man and Mark’s experience speaks for itself, so it has been good to work with them.
“The Southport fans are a great set of supporters, we’re looking for them to get behind the team as much as they can, and hopefully we can reward them with a good season.”