Fu­tures are now on the line Mid­fielder Ed­wards knows changes are on the way

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past - Craig Ritchie

Mid­fielder Ryan Ed­wards ad­mits every St Mir­ren player is fight­ing for their fu­ture be­tween now and Jan­uary.

The on- loan Hearts man has been a reg­u­lar un­der new man­ager Oran Kear­ney since his ar­rival in Septem­ber.

How­ever, he in­sists he can­not af­ford to be­come com­pla­cent as Kear­ney sets his sights on bring­ing in his own play­ers.

Ed­wards said: “I think you’re al­ways play­ing for your fu­ture. I would imag­ine the man­ager is go­ing to make some changes in Jan­uary and bring in some new play­ers.

“He has said that he feels the squad is too big and I’m sure he would like to bring in some more of his own play­ers to work with.

“Ev­ery­one is play­ing for their ca­reers and liveli­hoods be­cause no­body ever wants to be in a team that’s rel­e­gated.

“We need a win to spark the dress­ing room and try to get that mo­men­tum and con­sis­tency.

“We were look­ing at this run of fix­tures lead­ing up to the next in­ter­na­tional break as a great chance of get­ting some points, but we haven’t been able to do that yet.

“When you look at the next run of games af­ter the break, there are some mas­sive games to get some points and push up the ta­ble.

“Once we get that first win, I feel there could be a rollover ef­fect where con­fi­dence builds each week.”

Ed­wards, who suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion with Partick This­tle last sea­son be­fore mov­ing to Hearts, ad­mits it has been tough be­ing thrust into an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

How­ever, the 24- year- old reck­ons he can lean from the ex­pe­ri­ence of last year’s dog­fight to help Saints out of trou­ble.

He added: “You have to come and work as hard as pos­si­ble. If you come in and are neg­a­tive and start blam­ing oth­ers then it doesn’t help any­one.

“Ev­ery­thing the man­ager has done has been to cre­ate a good en­vi­ron­ment and it’s just about get­ting that first win.

“I feel it will turn soon – sooner rather than later – and I hope it’s Sat­ur­day. “We can’t dwell on things. “The way we struc­ture things is that we come in on a Mon­day and an­a­lyse things and put them to bed .

“Train­ing this week has been re­ally good and it’s a mat­ter of think­ing one game at a time and how phys­i­cally and men­tally you can pre­pare for the next game.” (Ad­ja­cent to Kwik Save car park, Pais­ley Road West)

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