26th July 2016

Last season's top scorer is ready for the start of the new season

Striker Andy Jackson is looking forward to the visit of Livingston to McDiarmid Park on Saturday and feels that the start of the league campaign is perfectly timed from his point of view.

Last season’s top scorer had a phenomenal campaign in 2007/08 netting 19 goals but he was robbed of the chance to hit the 20 when he was affected by illness in the final away game of the season and he missed the one remaining game, ironically, against Livingston..

A lengthy hospital stay and an anxious wait for test results ended with the trouble being traced to his bowel and a period of treatment followed but with that behind him he is raring to go.

Jacko told the Saints Official Website “The illness took it out of me and I lost quite a bit of weight so I spent the early part of the summer trying to put it back on. However, I put on more than I should have – maybe I tried too hard!”

The Republic of Ireland youth player has worked hard during the pre-season build up but admits that only now does he feel fully fit again.

“I’ve had to work hard to get back to the stage where I feel really good. I wasn’t at my sharpest in some of the friendlies but I felt good when I came on at Dingwall on Saturday and I’m feeling confident in training so the start of the league season couldn’t be better timed.”

Andy’s chances of being involved in the league opener have increased due to Steven Milne’s injury which was sustained in the Challenge Cup defeat to Ross County.

Meanwhile, the manager’s search for a new left back continues with the moves for his preferred target having hit the buffers yesterday. A loan arrangement now looks to be the likely option.

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