Cammy knows the score

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The re­turn­ing Cammy Smith in­sists the pres­sure will be on St Mir­ren from the get-go as fans’ ex­pec­ta­tions con­tinue to grow.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder re­joined the club on a per­ma­nent deal this sum­mer hav­ing spent the sec­ond half of last sea­son on loan at the Pais­ley club.

Smith was a mem­ber of the team as they avoided the drop in stun­ning fash­ion but ad­mits that the side have loftier am­bi­tions this time around.

He told Ex­press Sport : “The man­ager has re­cruited very well again and I am sure he has still got one or two that he wants to add to the squad.

“All the boys are look­ing good, all the boys are up for the new sea­son and we are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“I think the pres­sure is on us a lit­tle bit more be­cause of the way we fin­ished last sea­son. The fans will ex­pect us to push on again and I think we are go­ing to put that pres­sure upon our­selves to be chal­leng­ing at the top end.

“It is a tough chal­lenge this league and there is go­ing to be a num­ber of teams chal­leng­ing at the top of the ta­ble. We won’t be any dif­fer­ent, but for now we just want to get through pre- sea­son and hit the ground run­ning.

“We have high hopes but we don’t want to get too car­ried away.”

Smith re­vealed he was al­ways keen on re­turn­ing to the club that he joined on-loan from Aberdeen last year hav­ing been im­pressed by man­ager Jack Ross.

And he says that the man­age­ment team played a mas­sive role in him de­cid­ing to re­turn on a per­ma­nent deal.

Smith added: “It is good just to be back know­ing that I have a fresh start and an ex­cit­ing sea­son ahead.

“Up and down the coun­try it is all the same, ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son and the play­ers can’t wait.

“Ev­ery­one has got their own tar­gets and we are no dif­fer­ent.

“I en­joyed my time here, I en­joyed work­ing un­der the gaffer and James Fowler and that was a big part in com­ing back.

“I was speak­ing to the man­ager reg­u­larly to­wards the end of last sea­son. He was deal­ing with Aberdeen and af­ter the last game of the sea­son at Easter Road we agreed that mov­ing per­ma­nently to St Mir­ren would be what is best for my ca­reer.

“Foot­ball-wise this is 100 per cent the best move I could have made. Un­der this man­ager I be­lieve I will progress and get the op­por­tu­nity to play some good foot­ball in the years ahead and I think he can get me back to the level that both my­self and the club want to be at.”

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