St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson believes summer contracts have “enhanced the squad” but he is asking fans to temper their expectations ahead of the new season.
The Buddies recorded their first ever top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership last season, giving the manager a big transfer budget this summer.
Robinson has signed Mikel Mandron and Connor McMenamin, while Zach Hemming and Stav Nahmani have joined on loan from Middlesbrough and Maccabi Haifa respectively.
A striker is also on a manager’s wishlist as he sets his goals for the upcoming season.
He explained, “I bore everyone every season because first and foremost we have to stay in the division and then we’ll take it from there.” sky sports news,
“We believe the players we have signed have enhanced us. It will take some time to get them up to speed, but we believe we have got a stronger squad than last year.
“It’s a credit to the players that they put in a performance like that and gave hope, that’s what the fans want and it’s not my job to get their hopes up.
“We have to try and meet them but there has to be realism.
“We understand where we are, we’ve made a lot of progress over the last 18 months and are in a much healthier position than we were seven or eight months ago.
“I believe we need to be better in the forward areas. We have a striker coming in and I probably want another, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to convince the board!”
The club had two bids for McMenamin rejected before securing the forward on a two-year deal.
He picked up an injury during the Viaplay Cup Group H defeat to Montrose, but Robinson Paisley is backing him to become a big player for the club.
“He’s had a bit of a reaction in his leg after playing on the Astro pitch in Montrose, so he’ll be having a scan, but we’re hopeful he’ll be fine,” the former Motherwell boss said.
“He’s a big, important piece of the puzzle. He’s a creative player who can get ahead of people, he can play in a lot of different positions.
“The board has been great, we are a small club and they have supported us as much as they could.
“We’ve got the same budget for players, but for the first time we’ve got a higher transfer budget and you want transfers to work, so it comes with a bit more pressure.
“I believe he is a very good player who can make a difference to our season.”
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