Chairman looks ahead to new season

With the competitive season officially getting underway tonight against Montrose in the Betfred Cup, the Chairman has been speaking to the club's official website to look ahead to the 2019/20 campaign.

"As the competitive action gets underway tonight everyone at the club is looking forward to what we hope will be a successful campaign.

"We begin tonight with the Betfred Cup. We’ve done well in this competition in previous seasons and just like last summer we’ll be looking to win our group.

"After just missing out on the top six last season - something that still hurts today - we’re looking forward to being competitive and hopefully being there or thereabouts in the campaign ahead.

"We’re lucky to have a squad of players with a lot of talent in all areas of the pitch. It’s been well documented that in the past few weeks we’ve been hit with some horrendous luck with injuries but the good news is that these injuries have not been too serious and most of the players should be fit and available if not tonight, then for the remaining Betfred Cup Group Stage fixtures.

"As always at this time of year we are working hard to get other players in and the Manager has been identifying potential strikers to add to the squad to replace Tony Watt.

"Stevie May is one of those strikers identified but while we are in touch with Stevie’s representatives it’s important to point out that he is still a registered Aberdeen player.

"To assemble the squad we currently have, the club has already exceeded the set budget for the 2019/20 season. However, just as we did in January with Michael O’Halloran, we are prepared to go that extra mile to make a serious attempt in bringing Stevie back to St Johnstone.

"We’re looking ahead to this season with a lot of optimism and hopefully we can start with a victory and good performance tonight at Links Park before welcoming Ross County to McDiarmid Park for our first home fixture of the new campaign.

"Thank you to all the fans for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the games throughout the 2019/20 season."

St. Johnstone Chairman, Steve Brown