Friday 23rd June
After weeks of speculation and talks, Saints manager Tommy Wright finally brought former Sheffield United winger Stefan Scougall to Perth when he signed earlier this month.
The club website managed to speak to the midfielder while he was at Tesco Crieff Road for a fan event:
“(Pre-season) has been really good. For me personally, it has been slightly tough, as I haven’t trained since the end of April, but it’s good to get back to playing football and training. Overall I’ve enjoyed it so far.
“I came up towards the end of last season and met the gaffer and the chairman. They told me what they wanted from me and told me that I would be playing regular football.
“That was a big factor in me coming back up here. As soon as I heard that it, it was just a case of trying to get the deal done and over the line. It probably took a bit longer than it should have, but I’m glad I got it done, and so far, so good. Hopefully if I do well in training, I’ll take my chance to get on the pitch and play well."
Having previously played in the Scottish Championship with Livingston, the 24-year-old is relishing the chance to go one better and play in the top flight with his new club:
“It will be a new experience for me because I’m playing in the Premiership, and we’ve got European football, which is something I’m not used to!
“They’re both new challenges for me, but it’s something I’m looking forward to and excited about.”
Saints’ qualification for the Europa League qualifying rounds was a big aspect in Stefan’s decision to play his football at McDiarmid Park, and he is excited about the opportunity to play on the European stage:
“I can’t wait! That was a big factor in me coming here and it was something that drew me to completing the move. As I say, I am really looking forward to it, I just want to get going.”
Interview by Kerr Hall
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