Defender on pre-season training and the season aheadDefender Courtney Meppen-Walter spoke to us about pre-season training and the season ahead.
"Pre-season has gone really quickly," he said. "I've enjoyed every minute of it so it's been really good.
"I've got a lot of minutes under my belt on the pitch and it's always good to see what you're capable of when you first come back. I've enjoyed being out there with such good players and I love showing people what I can do."
"I worked really hard over the summer and I stayed up in Carlisle for most of it so I could really focus," he explained. "About three days before we were due to come back I picked up a little niggle in my Achilles.
"I think I've hit the ground running after that little injury and I just want to keep pushing on now. If I have a good game or a bad one, I just want to make sure I keep my head right and carry on playing as well as I can."
"We've definitely got something to prove as a team this season," he insisted. "We need to show the fans, ourselves and the gaffer that we're a decent team. I really feel like we'll go on and do that."
"We can also play four at the back, which is good for the team, because it allows us to do different things. It's easy for me to adapt to different systems when I've got experienced players around me because they're always talking and advising. That obviously makes my job easier.
"I can feel myself learning every day and I think I'm getting more mature and things like that. Everything comes with experience and I feel like the more I play the better I'll become. When the fans are behind you it gives you a lot of confidence and that really spurs me on to keep improving."
"I've heard a few people asking whether it was mine or not, but it definitely was," he told us. "The ball came over from Josh Gillies right onto my foot and I just side footed it against the post. It went straight in from there. Nobody else got a touch so it was definitely my goal.
"The St Mirren game is obviously our last friendly so things are getting more real now," he told us. "We've been taking everything seriously since we came back for pre-season and I think all of the lads just want to get on with it now.
"I genuinely think we will get promoted. Nothing is going to be easy, we all know that, but it's definitely what we'll be aiming for.