Full back Ross Drummond has declared that the increased competition for places manager Colin Cameron has added over the Summer has left the squad in a much healthier state ahead of the new season.
Drummond explained: “Competition within the team is a great thing. I feel as though it’s important as it not only ensures we have strength in depth to cope with what is a long season, but it also helps to create a naturally high standard in training.
“Both Colin (Cameron) and Jason (Dair) are great coaches, and it’s great learning from them. Jason’s new role as assistant has brought with it new ideas and that has helped to freshen things up a little.”
It seems like training is something that the former Dunfermline man has been enjoying with the ‘Gers, though not before admitting: “Adapting to part-time football was strange to start with. Moving from training on a daily basis to twice a week is something that I have had to get used to.
“But the transition has been great and things are starting to work out for me. It’s been a little frustrating for me due to the awkward ankle injury I suffered from at the back end of last season.
“But I’ve been working hard to get back to full fitness in the off-season, and I feel like I’m almost about to start reaping the rewards. It’s been my longest period out of the game injured, so I’m delighted that I’m feeling close to full fitness again.
When asked about his personal aims for the season, Drummond is quick to change focus, explaining: “I do set personal targets, but the main target has to be team-based. We have to be up the top end of that table, challenging for promotion.
“The new lads have been fantastic. Everyone is on board and set to give their all for the cause this season.
“The atmosphere behind the scenes has been great, and I think a big part of the reasoning for that is because the lads we have here know that if we are to be successful, it’ll be because we’ve stuck together the whole way.”
And it seems that the positivity beaming out of the squad is also breeding confidence, with Drummond declaring:
“It’s because of those factors that I believe we can challenge this year. It’s up to us to maintain the levels of our pre-season performances against teams of higher divisions, but I feel these games have helped us to become best-equipped for the season ahead, so there’s no reason we can’t continue to keep performance levels high.”