Cammy knows the score
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.”