The former Celtic goalkeeper attempted to sign the 23-year old defender to New Zealand club Hawke's Bay who he managed from 2006 until last season.
"I actually worked with Steven at the Olympics as a coach for New Zealand," said Gould.
"When he was leaving Wellington Phoenix he was in limbo a bit as he was between clubs.
"He'd gone to Belgium on trial but I spoke to him about signing for me at Hawke's Bay. He politely declined.
"He is a good, honest professional and he did very well in his time at Phoenix.
"I'm sure he will do well in the SPL as he's an uncompromising defender, he's good in the air and he has pace.
"Jim Jefferies has clearly seen something he likes in him.
"Steven has worked through all the visa issues, which is not an easy thing.
"I'm sure that given the opportunity he'll do a job for Killie."