Goalkeeper Dean Brill has signed a one year deal with the Steelmen and is hungry to compete for the number one jersey.
The 30-year-old ex-Inverness CT stopper, who has returned from a year out through injury, will compete with Craig Samson for a spot in Mark McGhee’s starting line-up.
And the Englishman is happy that the paperwork is out of the way early on, having tied up the deal on Monday.
He said: “It’s good to get it done, especially on the first day of pre-season after I was at training this morning. I’m pleased it’s all done and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
[pullquote]”I’m grateful to be here and push for that number one spot.”[/pullquote]
After missing last season, Brill hopes to go beyond the level he was playing at before injury struck, and claims he never lost his hunger for the sport.
“It’s not a benefit but it does allow you to reassess where you want to go.” He explained; “I’ve been working hard in the gym and it’s been a long comeback, but I feel that I’m now stronger and I’ve got that hunger to get back to where I was and hopefully go beyond that.”
“I don’t think I ever lost [that hunger]. I’m a football person: I love it, I love watching it and I’m football mad, so it’s nice now that the reigns are off and the injury is clear and I’m going to get a good pre-season under my belt and it’s a great opportunity at a club like this.”
The keeper touched on his first morning in training under manager Mark McGhee.
He said: “It was good. It was easy, apparently. The manager said it was going to be a nice day but it was tough, pre-season is always tough but it was nice just to get back out and forget everything and get back involved again.
“The gaffer’s a character from what I’ve been told and what I’ve seen this morning. He’s got great experience and being involved in the Scotland set-up can only help as well.”